A man with a machete attacked three New York City police officers not far from New York City’s New Year’s Eve celebrations early Sunday morning, police said.
Two people hit their heads and were hospitalized. One of his officers, a rookie, who patrolled on his first day at the NYPD, had a fractured skull, Police Commissioner Kiechant said at a news conference. Another one, an officer in his eighth year with the NYPD, suffered a severe cut. All three officers are in stable condition and expected to recover, a spokesperson said.
A 19-year-old suspect, whose identity was never revealed by police, was shot in the shoulder in one of the offices.
The attack occurred just after 10 p.m., just eight blocks from Times Square, as thousands flocked for the annual New Year’s Ball Drop.
Mayor Eric Adams said he spoke with the injured officer at the hospital while the wound was being stitched up.
“He was fine,” said Adams. “He understood that his role saved the lives of New Yorkers today.”
Adams praised the officers’ actions and said the incident was isolated.
“I’m really pleased with the response and the way the officers have handled the situation. All three officers are in stable condition and there are no credible threats to New Yorkers at this time,” Adams said.
The deputy director in charge of the FBI’s New York branch said the suspect appeared to have acted alone.
The FBI, the New York Police Department, and the Joint Counter-Terrorism Office are investigating, but have not said if they have identified a motive for the attack.
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