Cops in Bayside shoot alleged arsonist who charged at them with knife after setting fire to vehicle

Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison addresses the press on March 24 as Assistant Chief Martin Morales holds up a knife allegedly held by a man who charged at officers and was subsequently shot outside the 111th Precinct in Bayside.
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Two officers shot a man who allegedly charged at them with a knife after ramming his vehicle into a police car outside Bayside’s 111th Precinct on Sunday afternoon, then tried to set it and his own automobile on fire.

The suspect — Jarrell Davis, 33, of 224th Street in Queens Village — was rushed to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Hospital after being hit several times in the torso and leg, NYPD Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison said during a March 24 press conference at the scene. Davis was later booked on numerous criminal charges.

Harrison said the trouble began at 3 p.m. on March 24 outside the 111th Precinct stationhouse located at the corner of Northern Boulevard and 215th Street.

Based on a preliminary investigation, police learned that Davis allegedly rammed his own vehicle into an unmarked NYPD patrol car. He then exited from his own car and began spraying an accelerant onto both vehicles before lighting his own car on fire, Harrison said.

Two officers from the precinct then confronted Davis. “The subject brandished a knife and charged at the officers,” Harrison noted, leading both officers to fire their weapons several times.

Police recovered the knife that Davis allegedly brandished, a 12-inch kitchen knife. NYPD officials displayed a photo of the weapon during the press conference.

Photo via Twitter/@NYPDNews

The two officers involved in the shooting were taken to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset for an evaluation, Harrison said.

A probe is now being conducted by the NYPD Force Investigation Division, according to the chief.

Davis faces charges of arson, attempted arson, four counts of menacing a police officer, three counts of reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon.

This story was updated on March 25 at 9:30 a.m.

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