Video, Photos: NYPD Officer Attacked With Meat Cleaver In Midtown, Suspect Shot

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Police in New York City today shot a man armed with a weapon that appeared to be a meat cleaver, an incident that left at least one officer injured, reports indicated.

The encounter unfolded early Thursday evening in midtown Manhattan, according to Reuters.

“Apparently the suspect assaulted one of the officers with some sort of sharp object, likely a meat cleaver, and shots were fired,” NYPD spokeswoman Sophia Mason told reporters, according to Reuters.

NYPD spokesperson J. Peter Donald wrote on Twitter that officers opened fire after they “encountered” a man with a meat cleaver. The suspect was hit when police fired “several rounds,” wrote Donald, who also noted that the information was still preliminary.

The Associated Press reported that one officer, an off-duty detective, suffered a slash wound. Reuters reported that two officers were hurt in the ordeal, though details on how the second officer was hurt were not completely clear.

Here’s the Associated Press’s account of the encounter, which apparently was sparked by a parking boot:

“The confrontation began when officers encountered the man trying to remove an immobilizing boot from a parked vehicle, police department spokesman Peter Donald said.

“A bystander, Jonathan Schneier, said when he left work to get coffee he saw a balding man holding a cleaver, surrounded by a small group of officers yelling at him to drop the knife. One officer had a Taser out. Others had handguns.

“I give credit to the police officers. They gave him many opportunities,” Schneier said.”

The confrontation began when officers encountered the man trying to remove an immobilizing boot from a parked vehicle, police department spokesman Peter Donald said.

The suspect was also taken to a hospital, according to Reuters.

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