NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say a 51-year-old New York man who was shot to death by police near Times Square had a history of marijuana arrests and had once been taken to a hospital for observation after knocking down garbage cans.
Police identified the man as Darrius Kennedy of Hempstead, N.Y., and a native of South Carolina.
Police say the encounter began Saturday when an officer approached Kennedy, who was smoking marijuana. He pulled out a kitchen knife and started backing away.
Officers followed, pepper spraying him to no avail. He lunged at two officers after about seven blocks, and they fired 12 shots altogether.
Kennedy had been arrested 10 times, including seven for marijuana possession. In 2008, he was taken to a hospital for observation after knocking down garbage cans in Times Square.