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One dead, officer in hospital following stabbing in Poughkeepsie

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One man is dead and an officer is recovering in the hospital. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Michael Howard has the details.

ROUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Poughkeepsie police say it all started just after 5:30 Saturday morning, when they were called to Main and Academy Street for the report of a man stopping to yell at cars, causing a disturbance. When police arrived they found a 27-year-old city resident witnesses say was allegedly: “dusted up" and acting crazy.

“The 27-year-old resident attacked one of the officers, a seven year veteran, with a box cutter. Another officer, a two year veteran shot the man where he was pronounced dead at the scene,” said Poughkeepsie Police Detective Matt Clark.

Detectives say the seven year veteran of the department was taken to the hospital with cuts on his face and arms. This makes the second time this year police say they were forced to shoot and kill a man.

Earlier in March police shot and killed 29-year-old city resident William Daniels, in the area of Reservoir Square, after they say he lunged at them with a knife.

“It's sad, Poughkeepsie can be a nice town but we need to come together more,” said Herman Shannon.

City leaders say they are trying to put and end to the violence.

“The council has instituted a Crime Committee which puts a hyper local focus on the issues of crime within the city,” said City of Poughkeepsie 8th Ward Councilman Tracy Hermann.

They say they’re looking for funding to put cameras in officers vehicles.

“We want it so there wont be a question of a doubt about what actually happened, there’s a lot of mixed feelings out here, there’s a lot of unrest,” said Sharon McClinton.

As residents just hope something will be done.

“It’s safe nowhere, I feel bad for the children of the future," said Chris Cortwright.

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