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Two NYPD officers shot and killed a man who they say confronted them with a knife Monday night on 181st Street and Prospect Avenue. 

Police responded to the scene around 7:40 p.m. after receiving a call that someone had been stabbed by a man at 2131 Prospect Ave.

However, when police arrived, they discovered that no one was actually injured – but a man was outside with a knife. Police say after he ignored their repeated demands for him to drop the military-style weapon, the two officers fired at the 52-year-old man. 

He was pronounced dead at St. Barnabas Hospital. 

News 12 was told that the incident may have been in response to a dispute between a landlord and a tenant. Police have not yet confirmed this information. 

Authorities say that the officers involved in the shooting were wearing body cameras. There was no word on if the recordings would be released to the public.

The NYPD announced Tuesday that all patrol officers will be required to wear body cameras by the end of 2018, a year ahead of schedule.

The expansion will start this month, and the NYPD says it will be deploying at least 1,000 cameras per month by March. Officials say the move will increase accountability and boost transparency.

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association has a different opinion than the NYPD, saying, "It makes no sense to accelerate the program while there are so many unresolved issues regarding the use of body cams, including the very basic question of whether they actually produce a meaningful change."

Officials say 18,000 new body cameras will be rolled out by the end of the year.

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