Terrorist or just out of his mind? The reason sure seems crazy enough. He was shot and injured. He and an officer are in critical condition.
The man who allegedly hit an off-duty NYPD detective in the head with an 11-inch meat cleaver during a dramatic Midtown Manhattan confrontation has been identified as Akram Joudeh, 32, formerly of Qeens.
Joudeh was shot multiple times on West 32 Street, near Penn Station, by several officers at around 5pm Wednesday after a dramatic chase that culminated in three officers being injured, cops said.
The detective suffered a six-inch gash from his temple to his jaw, while Joudeh was left in hospital in critical but stable condition.
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Police were called out at around 5pm after Joudeh was seen trying to prize a boot off his car on West 31 St and Broadway. It’s believed the man, whose last registered address is in Queens, has been sleeping in the car.
The vehicle had reportedly been parked in the middle of the street, which is located in a busy, tourist-heavy area of Midtown.
When police approached, however, he went into a rage, pulling out the cleaver and fleeing while ‘waving it around,’ a police spokesman said.
A sergeant attempted to stop the suspect – described as sporting scruffy sandals and a beard – with a taser while they ran through the crowded area.
But for reasons unknown it apparently had no effect.
The officers chased him through the heavily-patrolled area to West 32 St, near Penn Station, where he mounted the grill of a marked NYPD car.
Off-duty detective Brian O’Donnell, who was heading to Penn Station, saw Joudeh and attempted to tackle him – at which point, cops say, Joudeh hit him in the face with the cleaver.
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