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PD: Officer shot at 'mentally disturbed' man who had knife

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State police are investigating an officer-involved shooting on Ferry Street in New Haven. (WFSB photo) State police are investigating an officer-involved shooting on Ferry Street in New Haven. (WFSB photo)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

New Haven police said an officer was forced to shoot the man after he came at them with a knife on Tuesday morning..

Officers were called to a report of a mentally disturbed person threatening suicide in the area of 480 Ferry St. around 10:30 a.m. Police said the 38-year-old man, who was in possession of a knife, rushed the officers. 

"The guy is off his medication," eyewitness Theresa Peeler said. "His mother saying he was upstairs walking around the 3rd floor with a knife." 

That's when the man, who was later identified got on the elevator and went down to the lobby. Police said in self defense, the officer "fired several shots from his service weapon" and struck the suspect. 

"His mother was telling him in Spanish, put the knife down, put the knife down," Peeler said. "He charged after the cops and they shot him twice."

The suspect, whose name was not released, was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital where police said he was "conscious and alert" 

Neighbors told Eyewitness News they heard two shots. 

"There was really no choice for the cops to bring them down, because he was coming at them with the knife," Nancy Peterson, who lives in the complex said. "They didn't shoot him to kill him, they shot him in the leg."

As detectives gathered outside the housing complex, which is home to 116 apartments for seniors along with those who are disabled, Connecticut State Police were called to the scene in New Haven and have taken over the investigation into the officer-involved shooting. 

"It's just sad. The mother is so distressed and we're all praying for her," Peterson said. "That's all we can really do." 

Ferry Street was closed between Grafton and Pine streets for the police investigation. 

"First time seeing this, really shook me up a lot, sometimes you don't know," Peeler said.

Police have not released the identity of the officer who fired their gun. Per department protocol, that officer will be placed on desk duty during the investigation. 

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