NYPD Defends Killing Knife-Wielding Man in Times Square [VIDEO]

New York City police defend a deadly weekend shooting of a knife-wielding man in Times Square.

FOX News Radio's Courtney Kealy reports from New York:

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Police say 51-year-old Darrius Kennedy appeared to be smoking marijuana in the middle of Times Square Saturday and that when cops approached him, he pulled a large knife and walked backwards down Seventh Avenue refusing to drop it, then lunging at police. These witnesses saw it happen.

(Witness) "He threatened lives of people so he got to get put down."

(Witness)"Cops are saying drop it, drop it, drop it, and soon as he got to 37th; pop, pop, pop."

Kennedy was later pronounced dead. His family says the NYPD overreacted in taking his life. Kennedy had a history of run-ins with the law.

Police officials and Mayor Michael Bloomberg say the NYPD's actions were justified.

In New York, Jeff Monosso, FOX News Radio.

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