Man With Hatchet Shot Dead After Attacking NYPD Officers
A hatchet-wielding man has been shot and killed by police after he attacked a group of patrol officers, wounding two on a busy street in Queens, New York.
One of the officers was struck in the head and another in the arm during the attack, which occurred about 2 p.m. ET on Thursday. A bystander, a 29-year-old woman, was hit in the back by a stray police bullet as the assailant was engaged by the officers.
The New York Times reports:
Bratton, who would not rule out that the attack could have been connected to terrorism, said that investigators were still trying to confirm the identity of the assailant and determine a motive, according to The Associated Press.
The AP adds: "Security videotape and witness accounts appeared to leave no doubt that the man purposely targeted four rookie New York Police Department officers, police said. Moments before the attack, he was seen on a street corner crouching down to pull the hatchet out of backpack before he charged the officers and began swinging the hatchet with a two-handed grip, police said."
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