NYPD officer attacked with meat cleaver in midtown Manhattan

CBS News

CBS News

NEW YORK — A man was shot in midtown Manhattan after attacking an NYPD officer with a meat cleaver during rush hour on Thursday afternoon, CBS New York reported.

The incident happened just after 5 p.m. on 32nd Street and Seventh Avenue after the officer and his partner were called to the scene for a report of a man with a meat cleaver.

That’s when the suspect attacked one of the officers. The suspect was immediately shot.

The officer suffered a laceration wound. A second officer suffered a graze wound to the back. It is not known if the second officer suffered the injury from the meat cleaver or a gun shot.

All three were taken to Bellevue Hospital.

A witness said he heard multiple gunshots.

“I was headed to an event down in Union Square and when I was on the corner I heard a series of gunshots go off and then a flood of people running toward Seventh Avenue. I grabbed my camera and ran in the other direction,” the witness said.

J. Peter Donald, assistant commissioner of communication and public information for the NYPD, said “officers discharged several rounds striking the suspect.”

Tourists are being told to stay off the sidewalk and everyone is being told to stay away from the scene.

Several streets in the area are currently closed.