New York City police accidentally shot and killed a Brooklyn man they were supposed to be saving from a knife-wielding attacker.
Rafael Laureano, 51, died from a single gunshot wound to the back, an autopsy revealed. Police confirmed that the bullet was fired from a gun belonging to one of the officers responding to a knife attack Monday evening at an apartment.
Police arrived to find Francisco Carvajal stabbing Laureano. When they commanded Carvajal to drop the knife, he refused — prompting them to unload at least twelve shots at the attacker.
One of the bullets struck Laureano in the back, while Carvajal was left with 13 bullet wounds, including entry and exit wounds and one graze wound. The medical examiner said that Carvajal had four entry and four exit wounds, so the bullet that struck Laureano in the back may have also struck his attacker.
Carvajal was the apartment resident’s ex-boyfriend, and Laureano was her current boyfriend. The woman who lived in the apartment, nor her two children, were injured.
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