Police end standoff peacefully with knife-wielding NJ man

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A Teaneck Police sergeant confronted by a distraught man on a Bergenfield street was surprised when the stranger drew a large knife.

“Kill me!” and “Shoot!” the Portuguese native called out to Sgt. in broken English. Ronald Boswell and backup officers from both cities who rushed to the scene, Teaneck Police Chief Glenn O’Reilly said.

The tense midday drama played out on New Bridge Road across from Veterans Memorial Park in Bergenfield and began just before 1pm on Wednesday.

The unidentified man had walked in front of Boswell’s car, so the sergeant pulled over and got out, O’Reilly said.

The man then lifted his shirt and reached for the knife from his waistband, the boss said.

Boswell called in reinforcements and then attempted to communicate with him.

Faced with a language barrier, the sergeant held up his hands, shook his head and said “No,” O’Reilly said.

The man eventually sat down on the side of the road, knife still in hand, he said.

Teaneck Detective Antherson Ramirez tried speaking to him in Spanish, O’Reilly said. Police later learned the man spoke Portuguese, he said.

They still persuaded him to throw the knife after about 15 minutes, the boss said. He was immediately taken into custody and taken to Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus for a psychological evaluation.

“I’m proud of all the officers on the ground who have shown great restraint and patience that made it possible to disarm this emotionally disturbed individual,” O’Reilly said.

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