Police Shoot Man in Midtown Manhattan During Rush Hour

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A 46-year-old man was shot dead by police in midtown Manhattan Wednesday morning after the suspect was reportedly assaulting or threatening someone with a knife.

Officers responded to the call and confronted the suspect. One of the police officers sustained an apparent slash wound and is being treated for the nonthreatening injury.

The suspect was identified by the NYPD as Gary Conrad, a unionized stagehand employed by a subcontractor doing work for the Broadway show The Book of Mormon at Eugene O'Neill Theatre.

A police sergeant and officer fired nine shots at the suspect. His knife, with a 4-inch blade, was recovered at the scene, police said.

The shooting took place after 8:20 a.m. in front of a Food Emporium grocery store on 8th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, just a few blocks from Times Square.

NYPD Chief James O'Neill said that the suspect got into an altercation with a Food Emporium cashier when he was trying to buy beer.

"He got very aggressive and belligerent," O'Neill said.

A police officer on foot patrol was alerted to the man, and other officers were called to the scene. The man "began to struggle with the officer, and he fell to the ground outside the store," O'Neill said.

A female bystander was also injured during the incident, sustaining a graze wound from one of the shots fired at the suspect.

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California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfires

California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfiresGoogle Earth(NEW YORK) -- Ravaged by a slew of deadly wildfires in recent days, northern California is set to get a bit of relief this week in the form of rain.

A storm system is expected to move over the Pacific Northwest later this week and the trailing cold front will most likely bring some much-needed rain to northern California between Thursday and Friday, according to ABC meteorologists.

"It will rain a bit but not enough to fully douse the blazes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said in a statement Tuesday. "The biggest advantage to firefighters will be the increase in humidity and lower temperatures."

Massive wildfires have charred more than 245,000 acres of land statewide in the past week, killing at least 41 people and destroying thousands of homes, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling about a dozen wildfires as of late Tuesday evening, although most of them were more than halfway contained.

“The weather today will be warm with low humidity, which will continue to challenge firefighters, but only light winds are forecast,” CalFire said in a statement on Tuesday. “A chance of precipitation is expected to arrive later in the week, bringing relief from the dry conditions.”

The northern parts of the Golden State, which has bared the brunt of the fire damage, is forecast to see an influx of cloudy, cooler and wetter weather later in the week, according to AccuWeather.

Spotter from Los Osos was reporting sprinkles from this high level moisture. Dry at lower levels. Rain evaporates. Also called "Virga" #cawx pic.twitter.com/sgxj3bdXZQ

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 18, 2017

However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

Separately, a band of moisture, referred to as Atmospheric River by weather experts, is currently stretching between Asia and North America. It’s expected to bring several storm systems into many parts of the Pacific Northwest through the rest of the week.

The first of these storms have already hit the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts of between 40 and 74 mph.

A number of wind warnings and flood watches are in effect in the western and northern parts of the U.S. ahead of the storm.

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