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First Responder Fatally Stabbed in Astoria, Suspect Arrested After Barricading Himself in Nearby Building: NYPD

A first responder was fatally stabbed in the Ditmars section of Astoria Thursday afternoon — and police apprehended her alleged attacker after he barricaded himself inside a building (Photo: Citizen)

Sept. 29, 2022 By Michael Dorgan – Updated at 5:55 p.m.

A first responder was fatally stabbed in the Ditmars section of Astoria Thursday afternoon — and police have apprehended her alleged attacker after he barricaded himself inside a nearby building.

The victim, 61, an on-duty Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) worker, was stabbed in the neck by a man at the 20th Avenue and 41st Street intersection at around 2:40 p.m., according to police.

Police pictured outside the building (Photo: Citizen)

Police say the alleged perpetrator fled into a nearby building, located at 40-19 20th Ave.

There are unconfirmed reports that the man was with another woman inside the building which is located on the northwestern corner of the intersection. It was previously occupied by Notes nightclub.

The suspect was later taken into custody.

The EMT worker was transported to Mount Sinai Queens in critical condition, police said. The New York Post and New York Daily News reported that she later died at the hospital.

Video footage posted to the Citizen app showed a heavy police presence at the scene and the front of the building has been cordoned off with police tape.

At least one NYPD helicopter could be seen flying overhead, the footage shows.

It is unclear what led up to the alleged stabbing. The NYPD was unable to provide any further details regarding the incident.

This is a breaking news story, please check back later for updates. 

The alleged stabbing took place at the 20th Avenue and 41st Street intersection (Photo: Google Maps)

Man Stabbed EMS Lieutenant, Barricaded in Astoria Building With Woman @CitizenApp

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Yes . She rather you call 311 for advice on how to handle a “mentally ill “person stabbing you out of nowhere because of their “mental state “ is more important than your innocent life


Lots of EMTs and ambulances parked in the Ditmars area throughout the day and night. Many are on break or just waiting for the next emergency/call. They can at least turn off their ambulances vehicles while parked. Most sit there for hours sleeping or texting in the residential areas. Covid emergencies are practically over. Parked ambulance vehicles are a nuisance and pollute the area with car fumes. They need better training to deal with the elderly, mentally ill and POC.


Nathalie, what does your rant have to do with an innocent person getting stabbed to death? This is not the right time or place for your comment. Have some compassion.

Better ways to deal?

What would you suggest??? Love to hear this!

Srsly, the fact that the first responders are forced to respond to this bs by law is the problem. Police should accompany each EMT unit.


The police Commissioner was finally able to attend a press conference to speak against this specific crime. It is the politically correct thing to do and media approved.


That is a very sketchy area. Always loners and weirdos walking around. Too many old factories around. They need to turn those old factories into affordable housing and build a train to LGA to transport people.


My sister lives in the Ditmars area and she was horrified. However, most of her new neighbors complained about the nypd and news helicopters hovering around all afternoon. Many said it bothered their pets and they were making numerous calls to Caban to complain. People are so desensitized to violence. A woman was murdered for goodness sake.


Why does US have more murders perpetrated by mental patients roaming our streets? We need to do what Australia, Canada and the rest of the civilized world are doing to prevent this. Between mass shootings and mental patients roaming the streets America is looking more and more like a backward nation. How. How come nations have effective governments and societies? It cost money to protect citizens and psychiatric treatment is part of that equation. Let’s pay what it costs.

Glenn Glenda

Ummm,yeah. So, $1 billion was squandered by diblasios wife that was earmarked for mental health. So how much are ya talking about?

Stop trying to distort. Banner waving idiocy is not political discussion

The guys post states the US not only NYC. There are thousands of more cases like this one throughout the country.

Is there really a crime here ? Creditably issues

Glenn- A blatant theft of a billion dollars by the DeBlasio administration as you claim without the Trump DOJ or FBI bringing charges.


This is unbearably tragic. EMTs are angels sent to help people. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim.


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