Cops shot and killed a knife-wielding man who tried to stab his lover Friday amid a long-running feud over a gender transition, police and a family member said.
Two officers fired five rounds at 32-year-old Joshua Williams, hitting him in the torso inside the apartment he shared with his husband Worth Williams.
A relative said the couple was fighting in recent months because Joshua Williams was undergoing hormone therapy to transition into a woman. Worth Williams, the relative said, was against the transition.
On Friday morning Worth Williams called police to say Joshua had attacked him with a knife.
When police arrived, they found Joshua Williams hiding in a closet. Cops did not handcuff him as they escorted him from the apartment.
Worth Williams told cops he had an order of protection against his husband — but the officers didn’t handcuff Joshua because they didn’t know if the order of protection was valid, Monahan explained.
“Suddenly, the individual broke away from the officers, grabbed a large knife from the kitchen area, and ran toward the 911 caller [Worth Williams],” Monahan said.
Knife in hand, Joshua Williams “immediately goes toward the domestic partner and begins stabbing … At that point the officers discharged their weapons.”
“They are painting my son as a real bad villain,” said Joshua’s father, Bronx resident Herbert Rembert.
“He had his issues,” Rembert said of his son, acknowledging that he suffered from mental illness. “But Joshua doesn’t have a violent streak in his body,” Rembert said. “I don’t know what happened, but I guarantee it was provoked.”
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NYPD officers fatally shoot gender-transitioning man in violent domestic feud on the Lower East Side
Two officers fired five rounds at Joshua Williams, 32, in the home he shared with his husband Worth Williams. The couple had feuded over Joshua Williams' transgender therapy, which he hoped would help him become a woman.