A Lower East Side woman was in stable Monday night, and her deranged ex-beau in critical, after he stabbed her and police opened fire, the NYPD said.
Cops were responding to call of domestic violence at a public housing complex and when they got to apartment, they heard the woman screaming she was being stabbed. When the 37-year-old suspect refused to open the door, cops broke the door down, officials said.
The man was holding a knife to the woman’s neck and started repeatedly stabbing the victim, the NYPD reported. A stun gun failed to stop the man and that’s when one officer fired five shots, hitting the man in the torso.
The suspect and his victim were rushed to Bellevue. So was one of the officers, who suffered a minor injury, was treated and released.. The woman sustained three stab wounds.
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Cops did not release the names of the pair, but The Daily News, citing sources, identified as ex-con Brian Quattrocchi and his victim as Olga Pichardo. DNAinfo said the woman had a restraining order.
A neighbor of the woman in the Vladeck Houses, Lydia Ruiz, 68, told DNAinfo that the “soft-spoken” cops tried to convince Quattrocchi to drop the knife.
“They were saying, 'We just want to talk to you. We don't want to hurt you. We don't want anyone to get hurt,’” she said.
Quattrocchi, who spent a year in an upstate prison for attempted robbery, refused.
“He said, 'I've been to jail three times, I'm not going going a fourth. If you try to come in, I'm gonna stab her,'" Ruiz told DNAinfo. Sources told the news website that Quattrocchi also had priors for marijuana possession and for beating up the victim.Charges are now pending for the stabbing.