The NYPD had to shoot a man after he attacked an NYPD detective with an 11-inch meat cleaver. The suspect struck the officer so hard he left a 6-inch gash.
Police responded to calls of “criminal mischief” around 5:00 PM when the man (who we now know is 32-year-old Akram Joudeh) was seen trying to remove a boot from his car in Manhattan near MSG. When officers arrived on the scene to question Joudeh, police said there was already damage to the boot and car. While being questioned by police, Joudeh reportedly pulled out the cleaver and ran.
When police and the detective eventually surrounded the suspect near 32nd Street, he didn’t drop the weapon but instead held it up and “lunged” at officers. The detective tried to knock the weapon out of Joudeh’s hand, but instead ended up with a blow to the head. Witnesses said they heard police screaming “drop it!” at the suspect, but he clearly did not. Police had to ultimately taze him, which wasn’t even effective. A witness says that the police then drew their guns:
“They shot him up. He was hit five or six times. He was laid up on the sidewalk. It looked like he was dead.”
More than six shots can be heard ringing off in the video below. Joudeh and the officers who were wounded were immediately taken to Bellevue Hospital. Joudeh is in critical condition and the detective in serious condition.
Watch the video below: