A man attacked three NYPD police officers with a machete on New Years Eve in New York City near Times Square celebrations, injuring two, officials said in an early Sunday morning news conference.
One of the officers discharged his firearm, striking the assailant in the shoulder, Sewell said. One officer received a skull fracture and a large cut while another officer received a laceration to the head, she added.
"We are working with our federal partners for this investigation, and it is ongoing," Sewell said.
There were reports, citing unnamed police sources, that said the suspect was a radical Islamic extremist. The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating, an official said at the news conference.
Driscoll did not specifically address reports saying the suspect was linked to Islamic extremism. Unnamed police sources said the suspect was identified as Maine man Trevor Bickford, and they alleged that his recent online activity suggested that he had radical Islamic views.
Federal and local law enforcement officials said at Sunday morning's news conference that the attack appeared to be an isolated incident. The suspect also acted alone, they said.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams praised the police response at the news conference. All the officers involved in the incident are in stable condition and expected to recover, the mayor said.
Other DetailsAuthorities said the incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. local time at West 52nd Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan, just blocks away from Times Square celebrations.
Sewell, meanwhile, said that suspect attacked the officers in an unprovoked manner. Other details about the incident were not immeidately provided.
“Recent incidents have highlighted the enduring threat to faith-based communities, including the Jewish community. In early November 2022, an individual in New Jersey was arrested for sharing a manifesto online that threatened attacks on synagogues,” the late November DHS bulletin said. “The individual admitted to writing the document, in which he claimed to be motivated by … (ISIS) and hatred towards Jewish people.”
Some of those threats, it said, could be linked to the death of terrorist ISIS leader Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi's death during recent fighting in Syria. He was the second ISIS leader to die in 2022.