Times Square machete attack: 3 NYPD officers injured near New Year’s Eve celebration, officials say

NEW YORK — Three New York police officers are in stable condition after being hit by a man with a machete in an unprovoked attack near Times Square, the NYPD commissioner said.

The attack happened just after 10 p.m. Saturday on West 52nd Street and 8th Avenue outside a security check zone in Times Square, Commissioner Keechant Sewell said.

The suspect, identified only as a 19-year-old man, approached an officer and attempted to hit him in the head with a machete, Sewell said. The suspect then punched two other officers before one fired his service pistol, hitting the suspect in the shoulder. The suspect is being treated for his injuries, Sewell said.

Three NYC police officers are in stable condition after being attacked by a man with a machete near Times Square, NYPD officials said.

The FBI, NYPD and Joint Terrorism Task Force are investigating, officials said in a joint news conference early on New Year’s Day, CNN reported.

“I want to be very clear…there is no ongoing threat,” said Mike Driscoll, FBI deputy director in charge of the New York field office.

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“We believe this was a single person at the time,” he said, adding, “There’s nothing to suggest that.”

One officer, a recent police academy graduate, suffered a fractured skull and a large laceration to the head, Sewell said. Another officer, an 8-year veteran, suffered a laceration, the commissioner said. She did not elaborate on the third officer’s injuries.

Driscoll said the FBI is working closely with the NYPD through the task force to determine the nature of the attack and “will ground any lead.”

Authorities gave no details on a possible motive and said the investigation was in its early stages.

New York Mayor Eric Adams praised the police response, saying responding officers immediately secured the crime scene and “acted with a level of professionalism that we expect from all of our officers.”

After getting the help of their colleagues and subduing the suspect, responding officers returned to their posts “because we still had a city to protect,” Adams said, citing the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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