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Man who tried suicide by cop to avoid COVID-19 death succumbs to virus

A coronavirus-positive Bronx man who tried to commit suicide-by-cop with an antique revolver and a ketchup-covered knife was shot by police — only to die in the hospital five days later from the bug, a shocking new video shows.

“Please kill me… please kill me… please kill me… shoot me here, shoot me here please,” Ricardo Cardona begged of Officer Xaiver Marcus as the troubled man laid on the street — writhing in pain from gunshot wounds around 4 a.m on April 1, according to body-worn camera footage released by police Thursday.

“No,” Marcus snapped back as he ordered him to drop the gun near Zerega and Westchester avenues, according to the body-worn camera videos released by the NYPD Thursday.

Cardona had tested positive for the pandemic coronavirus and was fearful due to his underlying disease of diabetes and his weight the virus would prove fatal.

Armed with an antique revolved and 12-inch tactical knife covered in ketchup,  appearing to be blood — Cardona called the cops on himself reporting a gunman in the lobby of his building, according to the NYPD.

“There’s a guy, he’s got a knife in his hand and he’s got blood on it… I think he also has a gun… He’s talking to himself and everything,” Cardona calmly says to the 911 operator, surveillance video and audio recordings show.

Officers Marus and Cindy Nieves fired 11 shots at Cardona — striking him seven times to his lower body, cops said.

Shocking video from both of the officers’ body-worn cameras shows the officer fire on Cardona and take him into custody.

Cops rushed Cardona Jacobi Hospital to treat his injuries — but the sick man died only five days later as another victim of the virus, according to the NYPD.

The city’s Medical Examiner ruled he died from the coronavirus “complicated by underlying health conditions and gunshot wounds.”

Police would later find out the antique gun — a black-powder cap-and-ball Navy revolver —  was inoperable, according to the NYPD.

The criminal case against Cardona has been closed following his death, a spokesperson for the NYPD said.

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