3 NY cops injured in machete attack, suspect shot near New Year’s Eve ball drop

A machete-wielding man attacked three police officers in New York not far from the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration, police said early Sunday.

Two were hit in the head and hospitalized. One officer — a rookie on his first day on patrol with the NYPD — suffered a fractured skull, Police Commissioner Kichant Sewell said at a news conference. The other, an officer in his eighth year on the NYPD, was badly wounded. All three officers are in stable condition and expected to recover, a spokesman said Sunday.

The 19-year-old suspect, whom police sources identified as Trevor Bickford, according to CBS New York, was shot in the shoulder by one of the offices. He is also expected to recover.

According to CBS New York, Bickford was recently placed on the FBI’s terror watch list after his aunt reported that he had been radicalized online and expressed a desire to travel abroad and fight Islamic extremists.

The attack happened shortly after 10 p.m., just eight blocks from Times Square, where thousands had gathered for the city’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration.

Mayor Eric Adams said he spoke with an injured police officer at the hospital while his wound was being stitched up.

“He was in good spirits,” Adams said. “He understood that his role saved the lives of New Yorkers today.”

Adams praised the officers’ actions and said the incident was isolated.

“We are really pleased with the response and the way our staff handled this situation. All three officers are in stable condition and there is no credible threat to New Yorkers at this time,” Adams said.

The assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office said the suspect appeared to have acted alone.

The FBI, NYPD and Joint Terrorism Task Force are investigating but have not said if they have determined a motive for the attack.

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