A man attacked New York City police officers with a knife not far from the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration, police said early Sunday.
Two were hit on the head and hospitalized. Police Commissioner Keechen Sewell said during a news conference that an officer — a rookie — suffered a fractured skull on his first day on patrol with the NYPD. In another, an officer in his eighth year with the NYPD suffered a serious injury. All three officers are in stable condition and are expected to recover, a spokesman said Sunday.
The 19-year-old suspect has been identified by police sources as Trevor Pickford CBS New York, was shot in the shoulder in one of the offices. He is also expected to recover.
According to CBS New York, Pickford was recently placed on the FBI terror watch list after his aunt reported that he had become radicalized online and expressed a desire to travel abroad to fight Islamic extremists.
The attack happened just after 10 p.m., just eight blocks from Times Square, where thousands were packed for the city’s annual New Year’s ball.
Mayor Eric Adams said he spoke to an injured officer at the hospital who received stitches.
“He was in good spirits,” Adams said. “He understood that his role saved the lives of New Yorkers today.”
Adams praised the officers’ actions and said the incident was isolated.
“We are very pleased with how our officers handled this situation. All three officers are in stable condition and there are no credible threats to New Yorkers at this time,” Adams said.
The assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office said the suspect appeared to have acted alone.
The FBI, NYPD and Joint Terrorism Task Force are investigating.
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