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Son Shot for Holding Mom at Knifepoint Vowed to Kill, Cops Say

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

crime scene, police, police tape (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

An Upper East Side man who held his mother at knifepoint and was shot by police told cops it was a good thing they caught him because "somebody was going to be killed today," the police commissioner said Tuesday.

Flora Soto was struck once in the buttocks as police fired on her son during the Monday afternoon standoff. Authorities say the son, Edgar Soto, who has a history of mental illness, also was hit. Both were listed in stable condition.

"Good thing you got me," police said Edgar Soto told them. "Somebody was going to be killed today."

There had been seven domestic violence incident reports at that location involving family members, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Edgar Soto's sister called 911 around 2 p.m. to say he was threatening their mother with a knife. Responding officers ordered Soto to drop the knife. When he didn't comply, police say an officer fired a stun gun at Soto but it failed to stop him.

“He was holding the knife when police got there," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. "He was holding the knife after he was shot.”

Police say Soto was shot as he charged at police in the hallway of the Manhattan building.

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