A five-hour hostage drama turned deadly in Brighton Beach when cops had to shoot down a 20-year-old man holding his ex-girlfriend at knifepoint Saturday.
Officials said that cops opened fire only after they had unsuccessfully tazered a rampaging Samuel White during a fierce exchange inside his Brighton Beach Avenue apartment near Brighton 6th Street at 5:10 p.m.
Police from the 60th Precinct said that they were dispatched to the address at 11:15 a.m. on a report that White had abducted and raped a 19-year-old woman he used to date.
Cops arrived at the scene, but quickly learned that White was armed with a 12-inch kitchen knife and was not going to let his ex-love go.
Members of the NYPD Emergency Services Unit (ESU) spent the next six hours trying to get White to surrender, but every possible attempt was shot down.
Four officers ultimately entered the apartment, only to be greeted by an outraged White and his knife.
Cops tazered him, but he shrugged the shocks off, officials said.
Another cop then shot White once, but the 20-year-old kept coming and stabbed one of the cops in his bullet-resistant vest.
Two officers then discharged five more rounds, hitting White multiple times.
The Brighton Beach resident was rushed to Coney Island Hospital where he died of his injuries.
His girlfriend was recovered from the apartment without serious injury.
The victim later told reporters that she was going to miss White, who she had a rocky on again/off again relationship. She also refuted initial reports that White had raped her.
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