The Latest: Man with meat cleaver attacks officer, gets shot
Posted September 15
NEW YORK — The Latest on a police shooting of an armed man in New York City (all times local):
Authorities say a man who was shot by New York City police after he struck an officer with a meat cleaver had been living in his car, and was initially stopped because he was trying to remove a boot from the vehicle.
The shooting happened around 5 p.m. about a block from Madison Square Garden.
Police say officers initially confronted the man, and then chased him for several blocks after he pulled an 11-inch butcher knife.
Officers unsuccessfully tried to subdue him with a Taser.
Police say an off-duty detective tried to tackle the man and was hacked in the face, leaving a six-inch gash.
Police Commissioner William Bratton commended the detective for his bravery.
Officials identified the suspect as Akram Joudeh. They say he has been arrested more than a dozen times in recent years.
Police say a man with a meat cleaver has attacked an officer in New York City and has been shot at least twice during a struggle with officers trying to subdue him.
The gunshots rang out about a block from Macy's midtown Manhattan flagship department store just as rush hour was getting underway Thursday evening.
Police say the wounded man has been hospitalized in critical condition. An off-duty police detective has been hospitalized for a slash wound to the face.
A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press the officers had chased the man with the cleaver and had unsuccessfully tried to subdue him with a Taser before the struggle that led to the shooting. The official wasn't authorized to release the information and spoke on the condition of anonymity.