Knife-Wielding Woman Shot By NYPD Officers in Queens


New York City police say officers shot a woman who was threatening them with a knife.

The woman was taken to a hospital after the shooting late Friday in Queens. Police say she is in stable condition.

NYPD Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison says two officers were in a marked police vehicle travelling west bound on Jamaica Avenue and approaching 212 Street when they observed a female standing in front of a carwash acting erratically.

The officers turned left onto 212 Street and entered the carwash driveway when the female threw a glass bottle at the officers as they were exiting the vehicle. The officers exited their vehicle and observed the suspect with a knife in her hand. Both officers repeatedly ordered the suspect to drop the knife, at which time she advanced towards them with the knife still in her hand. One of the officers fired one round striking the suspect in the lower abdomen before she fled the scene.

Two additional uniformed officers assigned to the 105th Precinct responded to the location and observed the suspect approximately one block from the incident location. The officers approached the suspect and observed her to still be in possession of the knife. One of the officers successfully deployed their Taser, striking the suspect while the other officer was able to place her into custody.

EMS responded to the location and transported the suspect to an area hospital where she is listed in stable condition. The suspect’s knife was recovered at the scene.

Lydia Spicer, 49 years-old of Queens has been charged with:

Menacing a Police Officer (2 counts)
Menacing 2 (2 counts)
Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC / AP)