Police fired at a man who attacked an officer in the face with an 11-inch meat cleaver outside New York's Penn Station on Thursday afternoon in an incident that left both the man and the officer with serious injuries.
The officer received a 6-inch gash from his eye to his jaw before police fired 18 shots at the man, NYPD Chief James O'Neill told reporters after the rush-hour incident. The officer and the suspect, identified as Akram Joudeh, 32, were both taken to NYC Health & Hospitals/Bellevue. Joudeh's last known address was in Queens, police said.
The incident erupted shortly before 5 p.m. during Manhattan's rush hour crush as the man allegedly used the weapon to try to remove a boot from his car. Police approached the suspect and after he gave chase, one used a Taser on him, which had no effect, Police Commissioner William Bratton said.
An off-duty police officer on his way home attempted to subdue Joudeh and that's when Joudeh attacked the officer in the face, police said. Two other officers received non-life-threatening injuries.
The officer who was attacked was in serious condition on Thursday night. NYPD declined to identify hiim. The suspect was in critical but stable condition, police said.
"Officers fired sufficient rounds to stop the attack on the other officers," Bratton said.