Three NYPD officers were injured in a knife attack near a New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square. The official said | CNN
Three New York City police officers are in a poised state after being mindlessly attacked by a machete-wielding man near Times Square. According to NYPD Commander
The attack took place after 10 p.m. Saturday at West 52nd Street and 8th Avenue, outside Times Square’s New Year’s Eve security checkpoint, Commissioner Keechant Sewell said.
The suspect, identified as a 19-year-old man, approached officers and attempted to hit him with a machete, Sewell said. He then attacked two more officers before one fired his service weapon. by attacking the suspect’s shoulder The suspect was receiving treatment for his injuries, Sewell said.
FBI, NYPD and Joint Terrorism Task Force agents are investigating. The officials said at a joint press conference on New Year’s Day.
“I want to be very clear … there is no ongoing threat,” said Mike Driscoll, FBI assistant director in charge of the New York field office.
“We believe this is the only individual at this time,” he said, adding “nothing else to say.”
Mr Sewell said One officer, a recent graduate of the police academy, suffered a skull fracture and a massive laceration to his head. Another officer, an 8-year veteran, was injured. said the commander She did not elaborate on the third officer’s injury.
Driscoll said the FBI, through the task force, is working closely with the NYPD to determine the nature of the attack and “It will carry out all means to the ground.”
Authorities did not provide details on possible motives. and said the investigation was at the preliminary stage.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams praised the police response. It said officers who responded to the scene immediately secured the scene and took action. “With the level of professionalism we expect from all of our staff.”
After receiving help from fellow officers and subduing suspects Responding officers returned to their positions. “Because we still have a city we need to protect,” Adams said, referring to New Year’s Eve celebrations.