The police said the deadly events were touched off about 8:15 p.m. by 21-year-old Anthony DiGeronimo, a self-described anarchist. Clad in what was called black leather “Satanic garb,” he had threatened neighbors with knives in the street, had retreated into his home and was killed by two Nassau County officers who fired seven times as he came out of a barricaded bedroom and charged at them with his knives.I'd say this was a lot more than a "tragic accident." But it is a good illustration of how guns in the hands of the good guys can make matters worse.
About 10 minutes later, the police said, Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf, 40, a 12-year veteran of the Nassau force who worked in special operations, arrived in street clothes with a partner in an unmarked car, took a rifle from the trunk and was striding toward the house when he was shot once in the side.
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