New York police shot and killed a knife-wielding man near Times Square after he led a long trail of officers and camera-wielding gawkers on a slow-motion chase.
Police said the incident started when officers confronted 51-year-old Darrius Kennedy of Long Island for smoking marijuana in the middle of Times Square at West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue on Saturday.
The man pulled out a knife while three officers were talking to him on a sidewalk, and then the police pulled out their guns, two tourists from Brazil told the New York Times.
A pack of officers quickly accumulated as well as an entourage of onlookers with camera phones.
Videos showed the man cantering backward down the middle of the street, a large knife in hand, hopping away from a swarm of police officers who were slowly following him with guns drawn. Onlookers shouted for him to lie down or police would shoot him — and shouted at one another to keep filming.