A man with a machete attacked three New York City police officers not far from New York City’s New Year’s Eve celebrations early Sunday morning, police said.
Two people hit their heads and were hospitalized. At a press conference, Police Commissioner Kiecchant Sewell said one of the new recruits on patrol on his first day at the New York Police Department had a fractured skull. Another one, an officer in his eighth year with the NYPD, suffered a severe cut. All three officers are in stable condition and expected to recover, a spokesperson said.
The 19-year-old suspect, identified by police sources as Trevor Bickford, CBS New York, was shot in the shoulder in one of the offices. Recovery is expected.
According to CBS New York, Bickford has been radicalized online and was recently placed on the FBI’s terrorist watch list after his aunt reported that he wanted to travel abroad and fight Islamic extremists.
The attack occurred just after 10 p.m., just eight blocks from Times Square, as thousands flocked for the annual New Year’s Ball Drop.
Mayor Eric Adams said he spoke with the injured officer at the hospital while the wound was being stitched up.
“He was fine,” said Adams. “He understood that his role saved the lives of New Yorkers today.”
Adams praised the officers’ actions and said the incident was isolated.
“I’m really pleased with the response and the way the officers have handled the situation. All three officers are in stable condition and there are no credible threats to New Yorkers at this time,” Adams said.
The deputy director in charge of the FBI’s New York branch said the suspect appeared to have acted alone.
The FBI, the New York Police Department, and the Joint Counter-Terrorism Office are investigating, but have not said if they have identified a motive for the attack.
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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/times-square-new-years-eve-nypd-officers-injured-suspect-shot-2023-01-01/ Three New York City police officers injured in machete attack, suspect shot near ball drop on New Year’s Eve