A man is in critical condition after being shot by police early Saturday in Queens.
Police arrived at 4020 Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway at around 12:30 a.m. to investigate a report of an assault.
When police arrived, they ran into a 25-year-old man, who officers said pulled out a gun.
The NYPD said the officers ordered him to drop it, but the man allegedly ran up the stairwell and pointed the gun at them.
He was then shot in the torso by one of the officers.
A 9-millimeter handgun was recovered at the scene.
Police said the man has a history of violent confrontations with police. He was arrested in the same building in 2008 and convicted of robbery and assaulting a police officer.
A friend of the victim said the man was taking a break from a party inside the building when the police found him.
"They had the party down the hall from me and he came downstairs to get a cigarette, and finally the cops came and running upstairs and somebody had a gun. And everybody’s running upstairs and the cops shot him in the back. Shot him two times in the back, one in the hip,” said the friend.
The man was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he underwent surgery.