NYPD officer attacked with meat cleaver
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News September 15, 2016 Updated: 7:03 PM
A man was shot in midtown Manhattan after attacking NYPD officers with a meat cleaver during rush hour Thursday.
The incident erupted shortly before 5 p.m. during Manhattan's rush hour as the man allegedly used the weapon to try to remove a boot from his car. Police approached the suspect and after he gave chase, one used a Taser on him, which had no effect, Police Commissioner William Bratton said.
"Officers fired sufficient rounds to stop the attack on the other officers," Bratton said.
The detective, who had been heading home in street clothes when he intervened in the chase, was being treated at the hospital for a six-inch gash from his temple to his jaw. The officer who was attacked was listed as being in serious condition Thursday night. Two other officers had sustained non-life threatening injuries.
"He did what we would want any New York City police officer to do," Bratton said.
Paramedics were called to the scene near Madison Square Garden and Penn Station in Manhattan's busy Midtown district.
Tourists are being told to stay off the sidewalk and everyone is being told to stay away from the scene. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton both tweeted about the incident Thursday evening.