DEVELOPING STORY: Three New York City Police officers were stabbed in the head during a wild attack near the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square.
The NYPD says a 19-year-old man armed with a machete attacked the officers. The attacker was shot in the shoulder.
One of the injured officers had just graduated from the police academy on Friday.
Multiple law enforcement officials tell ABC and NBC News they are looking into whether the man who allegedly attacked the officers had previously posted what they called jihadist writings online and traveled to NYC to target police on New Year’s Eve.
The FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force are involved in the investigation.
Law enforcement sources tell the New York Post the attack happened just after 10 p.m. at the corner of 52nd Street and 8th Avenue. They said the man attacked police without provocation.
The injured officers were rushed to Bellevue Hospital – where they are undergoing treatment. The rookie officer suffered a skull fracture.
Police sources said the officers are in stable condition; the suspect’s condition is unknown at this time.
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Watch as Police Commissioner Sewell & Mayor Adams provide an update on a police involved incident in Manhattan. https://t.co/ha11b02Fvq— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) January 1, 2023
Multiple NYPD officers were hurt in a police-involved shooting near Times Square on New Year’s Eve.— POTUS 48TH (@ACTINGPOTUS48) January 1, 2023
near 52nd St 8th Ave when they were approached by the suspect armed with a large machete.
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