Suffolk Police shoot and kill man armed with knife in Coram

CORAM, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Police shot and killed a man who refused to put down a knife and kept walking closer to an officer, the Suffolk County Police Department announced.

Sixth Precinct officers based in Selden responded to a 911 report of a violent domestic dispute at "Fairfield Townhouses at Coram," located at 5306 Towne Woods Road in Coram, at approximately 5:40 p.m. Monday, according to police.

"A woman reported that her intoxicated ex-boyfriend was refusing to leave her apartment," police said. "The woman then opened her garage door to allow officers to enter."

An officer entered the garage and encountered 46-year-old Paul Sulkowski of Brooklyn, who displayed a knife and approached the officer, according to police.

Police said, "The officer instructed Sulkowski to drop the knife. When he did not comply, the officer backed out of the garage, into the street, and repeatedly instructed Sulkowski to drop the knife. This continued over a distance of approximately 500 feet. Sulkowski kept moving forward, closing in on the officer, until the officer was eventually forced to fire his weapon, striking Sulkowski."

Sulkowski was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. Suffolk Homicide Squad detectives continue the investigation.

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