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Off-Duty New York Officer Wounded by Suspect With Meat Cleaver

© REUTERS / Carlo AllegriA police officer guards the perimeter outside the scene of a shooting scene at a federal building in the Manhattan borough of New York, August 21, 2015
A police officer guards the perimeter outside the scene of a shooting scene at a federal building in the Manhattan borough of New York, August 21, 2015 - Sputnik International
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An off-duty officer has a significant injury to his face after he intervened on Thursday afternoon when a man armed with a meat cleaver started running down a New York City street, Police Commissioner William Bratton told reporters at a press conference.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — New York City Police Chief James O'Neill said one officer did fire a taser at the suspect, 32-year-old Akram Joudeh, but he still did not stop running. Bratton said that the officer was wounded while trying to detain the man.

"The officers approached him, started to take him in custody, during which time one of them received a very significant injury to his face at which time… the officers fired sufficient rounds to stop the attacks on the officers," Bratton stated on Thursday evening. "The officer with the most significant injury was off duty at the time and chose to intervene."

After Joudeh slashed the off-duty detective, causing a six-inch gash from his temple to his jaw, other officers fired 18 rounds at him, O'Neill stated.

Joudeh is in critical condition at Bellevue hospital, the injured detective is in serious condition, and two other officers were hurt, but there is no information as to how they received their injuries, O'Neill added.

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