Mario Sanabria, 69

Bronx, New York
December 05, 2017

Agencies: New York Police Department NYPD

Cause of death: Shooting

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Authorities say a man armed with a machete was killed in a police-involved shooting in the Bronx early Tuesday.

The man, identified as 69-year-old Mario Sanabria, was shot in an apartment on the third floor of a building at 230 Brook Avenue in the Mott Haven section just after 4:15 a.m.

Police say members of the NYPD Emergency Services Division were executing a search warrant at the apartment, and that two members of the team went to a rear bedroom where they were confronted by a man brandishing a machete-type sword with a two-foot blade.

The man was ordered to drop the weapon and allegedly refused to comply. Police say when the suspect continued to approach an officer, the officer fired one shot, striking the man in the chest.

Sanabria was pronounced dead at Lincoln Hospital. Authorities say he was not the suspect for whom police were initially searching.