The man shot by the NYPD in the Bronx after threatening officers with a knife early Wednesday told police he has coronavirus and was attempting to commit suicide by cop, authorities and sources said.
Ricardo Cardona, who was shot near the corner of Zerega and Westchester avenues in Westchester Square at about 4 a.m., said he tested positive for the virus yesterday, sources said.
Cardona feared he was going to die because he was overweight and has diabetes, according to sources.
He allegedly called 911 to report a person with a weapon and had poured ketchup on his knife to make it appear bloody before cops arrived.
Two officers shot him four times in the legs, police sources said.
He was taken to NYC Health and Hospitals/Jacobi in stable condition. Neither of the cops was injured.