Sterling Michael Hansford, Jr., 52

Bronx, New York
January 29, 2018

Agencies: New York Police Department NYPD

Cause of death: Shooting

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Officers fatally shot a knife-wielding man, 52 year-old Sterling Michael Hansford, Jr. in the Bronx Monday night, January 29, 2018, police said. Officers recovered this knife at the scene of a police-involved shooting in the Bronx.

Police responded to Prospect Avenue and East 181st Street  in Belmont following reports of an argument, an NYPD spokesman said. The two responding officers repeatedly told a 52-year-old man with a knife to drop the weapon, but he did not comply. He'd been chasing another man in the street.

The knife-wielding man was shot after he lunged at police around 8 p.m., officials said. He was taken to a local hospital but did not survive.

Both officers at the scene were wearing body cameras. One has been with the NYPD for two years. The other officer is a three year veteran on the force. Body cam footage was posted by the NY Daily News.