Man killed by police after stabbing four to death in New York

A man wielding a steak knife killed four members of his extended family, including two children, at a home in the Queens borough of New York City early on Sunday before being shot dead by police, authorities said.

The New York City Police Department said a girl called to report the incident in Queens’ Far Rockaway neighborhood.

The suspect, 38-year-old Courtney Gordon, stabbed two police officers who responded to the scene, police told reporters. One of the officers then shot him dead, they added.

The suspect had previously been arrested over a domestic violence incident, police said. The two injured officers were taken to a hospital and were expected to recover.

The four people stabbed to death included a 12-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl, a 44-year-old woman, and a man in his 30s, police said. The 11-year-old was found in front of the house, while the other three were found inside bedrooms, police added.