WARWICK, N.Y. — Friends of the family of a Warwick man in his 30s shot by police were offering condolences on Sunday morning.
One woman — too distraught to speak on camera — left roses on the front lawn and front doorstep of the man's home.
Neighbors said the area went from typically peaceful to swarming with police activity in just a few minutes.
"It hits close to home," village resident Greg Maher said. "Something like this doesn't make you feel very settled."
Two Town of Warwick police officers responded to a domestic violence call at 24 Wheeler Avenue at about 3 p.m. Saturday.
Warwick Police Lt. Thomas Maslanka said the officers arrived to find a man who was holding a knife, and that a relative was also at the home.
Maslanka said the officers told the man to drop the knife, but he would not comply and then came toward one of the officers.
"He attempted to advance on the officers with the knife," Lt. Maslanka said. "Subsequently, they discharged their weapon and struck him."
The man, still not identified by police, was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital, just two blocks away, where he was pronounced dead.
Several neighbors said they heard three quick pops, and that before they fully realized that the sounds were not from fireworks, the entire neighborhood was blocked off and police from several agencies had set up camp.
The one officer who fired at least one shot has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in situations like this one.
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said Warwick Police is doing an administrative investigation, while State Police proceeds with its own independent criminal investigation.
In two to three months, when all necessary evidence is compiled, the case will be presented to a grand jury, Hoovler said.
At that point, the grand jury will decide whether to clear the officer, or to charge the officer.
"At the conclusion of gathering the evidence, this matter will be presented to a grand jury to determine if the officers’ actions were correct," Hoovler said. "If the officers' actions were correct, then the grand jury will issue a 'no bill.' If the officers' actions were incorrect, then the grand jury will take whatever appropriate action that they deem necessary."