NYPD Officers Attacked by Man With Cleaver Outside Penn Station

A man with a cleaver attacked NYPD officers outside Penn Station, striking one of them in the face before he was shot by police, law enforcement sources say.

The officers were attacked near the busy Midtown commuter hub at the height of the evening rush hour.

At least one officer was hit by the cleaver and was taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, sources said. Four other officers were taken to the hospital to be evaluated for trauma.

The suspect, who was grazed by a bullet, was taken to a local hospital as well.

Two law enforcement officials identified the suspect as 32-year-old Akram Joudah of Queens, who’s been arrested 15 times in the past.

Police have swarmed the area, and West 32nd Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues was shut down to vehicular traffic.

The FBI is sending agents from the Joint Terrorism Task Force to the scene as a precaution, an official said.

Two years ago, a hatchet-wielding man ambushed a group of NYPD officers in Jamaica, Queens, gashing a rookie cop in the head with the 18-inch ax. Two other officers shot and killed the suspect, Zale Thompson, on the street.

Thompson was a self-radicalized muslim “lone wolf terrorist,” police officials said after the attack.

 

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