According to news accounts, police said they pepper-sprayed Kennedy six times and he didn't surrender but lunged at them. That's when they opened fire.
Members of Kennedy's family told the New York Daily News they were upset about the shooting -- "it doesn't take 12 bullets to kill one person."
But Kennedy also threatened officers in a similar incident in 2008, according to the New York Post.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly pointed out the earlier incident, the Post reported, saying Kennedy had been arrested "for doing roughly the same thing with a screwdriver in Manhattan."