NYPD shoots man who threatened to kill Gov. Kathy Hochul, police commissioner: Report

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Police officers in New York City have shot a man who they say was threatening to kill New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and “blow up” the world on Saturday night.

NYPD officers arrived on the scene in the Cambria Heights neighborhood of Queens after receiving a threat from a man who identified as Raul Hardy at around 6 pm on Saturday evening, the New York Post reported.

The 60-year-old man reportedly said he was going to “change the government” by assassinating both Gov. Hochul and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell. Hardy also is reported to have said he was going to “blow up” the world.

Harvey was reportedly shot and injured after he opened fire on officers who arrived on the scene.

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New York Gov.  Kathy Hochul debates in the race for governor at the studios of WNBC4-TV June 16, 2022 in New York City.  Early voting starts June 18 ahead of the June 28 primary.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul debates in the race for governor at the studios of WNBC4-TV June 16, 2022 in New York City. Early voting starts June 18 ahead of the June 28 primary.
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“All my life I’ve known him to live there,” Harvey’s cousin, Brian Ware, told the New York Post. “Never knew him to have any guns.”

Ware added that Harvey does landscaping work and has been involved in multiple domestic incident arrests in the past.

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Photo of NYPD jacket
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No officers were hurt during the altercation, according to the New York Post.

A spokesperson for the New York Police Department confirmed to Fox News Digital that officers returned fire after being fired upon but said details about what led up to the interaction were still under investigation.

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Hochul’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

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