NYPD officers reportedly shot a hammer-wielding man this morning in midtown Manhattan. The man, who the New York Post reports was shot in the head, allegedly tried to attack in officer with a hammer at 37th Street and 8th Ave.
Two officers recognized the suspect from pictures released by the NYPD and stopped to question him, law enforcement sources said.
A short time later, the man pulled out his hammer and took a swing at Officer Lauren O’Rouke with the claw end of the tool, sources said.
He missed, as O’Rouke’s partner, Officer Geraldo Casaigne, pulled his weapon, fired and struck the suspect.
The suspect, an image of whom had been captured by surveillance cameras and released by police Tuesday, was killed at the scene near West 37th Street and Eighth Avenue around 10 a.m. Wednesday, sources said. Sources said he tried to attack a female officer and was shot.
The condition of the officer wasn’t clear. Authorities had been looking for the suspect after identifying him Tuesday through facial recognition, an NYPD source said.