New York police officer critically wounded in hatchet attack
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 00:59
A hatchet-wielding attacker charged a group of NYC police officers posing for a photograph, wounding two, one critically, before the assailant was shot dead. Linda So reports.
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Surveillance video shows the 32-year-old assailant running with a metal hatchet moments before he attacked four rookie New York City police officers. The officers were on foot patrol in Queens Thursday afternoon when they were asked by a freelance photographer to pose for a picture. That's when the hatchet-wielding assailant attacked, injuring two officers, one critically, before the man was shot dead. SOUNDBITE: NEW YORK CITY POLICE COMMISSIONER BILL BRATTON, SAYING: "As he continued his assault, the remaining two officers then fired multiple times on the armed suspect who fell to the ground, dropping the hatchet, the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene." Both injured officers were rushed to Jamaica Hospital. The 25-year-old officer who was hit in the head is in critical condition. The other officer, 24 years old is in stable condition. A 29-year-old woman was also hit in the back by a stray police bullet. She underwent surgery and is recovering. Police are still investigating a motive and would not comment on if the attack was tied to terrorism.
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