Suffolk County police officers responding to a domestic dispute call at a Deer Park apartment complex Wednesday shot a 40-year-old man who had allegedly threatened to cut off his father’s head, police said.

Eric Bohlsen was first stunned with a Taser and then shot in the chest after he lunged at responding officers, police said. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where he underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition, police said. No officers were injured.

Officers were called to Babylon Park Center, a complex off of Carlls Straight Path, at 10:30 a.m., police said, after the father, 79-year-old Edward Bohlsen, notified police that his son had threatened to cut off his head.

Police immediately became involved in a foot pursuit through the complex with the man who was threatening officers with a knife, police said.

The younger Bohlsen was shot inside the apartment that he shares with his father after lunging at officers, police said.

His father, who was not injured, also told responding officers that his son suffers from psychological issues and was not taking his medication, police said.

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Eric Bohlsen was arrested on two outstanding warrants and additional charges are pending, police said.

Police said the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information can call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.


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Rashed Mian has been covering local news for the Long Island Press since 2011. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2010 where he studied print journalism. Rashed, the staff's multimedia reporter, covers daily news for the web, shoots/edits feature videos and writes about civil liberties. He loves Afghan food and sports. Rashed is also a caffeine freak. Email: Twitter: rashedmian