Police say a man with a meat cleaver has attacked an officer in New York City and has been shot at least twice during a struggle with officers trying to subdue him. The gunshots rang out about a block from Macy’s midtown Manhattan flagship department store just as rush hour was getting underway Thursday evening.
Police say the wounded man has been hospitalized in critical condition. An off-duty police detective has been hospitalized for a slash wound to the face.
A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press the officers had chased the man with the cleaver and had unsuccessfully tried to subdue him with a Taser before the struggle that led to the shooting. The official wasn’t authorized to release the information and spoke on the condition of anonymity.