A NYPD policeman randomly attacked and stabbed his throat in Brooklyn late Wednesday, resulting in a fight for the knife and two other policemen who had sustained gunshot wounds.
Police said at an early press conference on Thursday that a preliminary investigation found that a man casually approached the officers and whipped the knife.
“Thank goodness this policeman was stabbed in the left side of his neck because he lacked an artery,” said New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea at a press conference.
Two police officers were shot and another was stabbed in Brooklyn on Wednesday evening during a confrontation with a knife-wielding suspect, the police said.
Shea called it a “completely cowardly, despicable, unprovoked attack on a defenseless police officer”
Soon after, the police and the suspect were reportedly fighting for a weapon that shot two officers in the hand. Two of the officers involved were assigned to an anti-looting post.
The scene was messy. Nearby officers heard the gunfire and responded when they found the suspect who was waving an arms police and said he had probably taken it from an official. The suspect was shot several times. Police said 22 cartridge cases were recovered.
The police said one officer was shot in the arm and the other was shot in the hand. They were brought to Kings County Hospital and are said to survive.
New York City has attempted to deal with the widespread unrest following George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis. The city has imposed a strict curfew.
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The shooting took place for almost four hours at 8 p.m. Curfew.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio went to the hospital to investigate the officials after the incident, a spokesman said. The area was filled with police and vehicles in the hour after the shooting.
“Thank god all our officers will recover,” said de Blasio. “It’s another example of what it means for NYPD men and women every day to protect us all.”
The video, allegedly from the Twitter incident, showed streets full of police cars at the scene while several shots were heard.
“No matter what else happens around us, we have to be there for each other,” added the mayor. “Officers protect us. We have to respect them, support them, protect them. We have to find a way to move forward no matter how much we are thrown at us. The corona virus and everything else.”
New York City was hit by protests for days against the brutality of the police. It did not appear that the unprovoked incident was related to the demonstrations.
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After the curfew that the authorities imposed to prevent shops from being damaged and searched, several large marches continued in other parts of Brooklyn.
A local resident said there was no protest in the area at the time of the shooting.
“We need to find a way to get together and move forward,” said de Blasio. “Tonight is a story of bravery, courage and thank God the story ends with a day when officials will leave this hospital and go home to their families.”
An investigation into the incident is ongoing. Shea said an update will be available later today.
The Associated Press contributed to this report