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Three New York police officers injured in machete attack near New Year’s Eve party in Times Square, officials say

Three New York police officers injured in machete attack near New Year’s Eve party in Times Square, officials say

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Three New York police officers are in stable condition after being stabbed by a machete-wielding man in an unprovoked attack near Times Square, according to the New York Police Commissioner.

The attack happened just after 10 p.m. Saturday at West 52nd Street and 8th Avenue, outside the Times Square New Year’s Eve screening area, Commissioner Kichant Sewell said.

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

The FBI, NYPD and Joint Terrorism Task Force are investigating, officials said at a joint news conference early in the New Year.

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

“We believe it was a single person at this point,” he said, adding: “There is nothing to indicate otherwise.”

One officer, a recent graduate of the police academy, 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 injuries to the third officer.

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

Authorities did not elaborate on a possible motive and said the investigation is in its preliminary stages.

New York City 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 receiving help from colleagues and subduing the suspect, responding officers returned to their posts “because we still had a city to protect,” Adams said, referring to the New Year’s Eve festivities.

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