A suspect with possible Islamic extremism ties is in custody.
Three New York City police officers were injured in a machete attack near Times Square.
The incident occurred on New Year's Eve.
"The cops were attacked at approximately 10:11 p.m. on Saturday at W 52nd Street and 8th Avenue, outside a police screening area for the New Year’s Eve festivities in Times Square, New York City Police Department (NYPD) commissioner Keechant Sewell told reporters at a press conference Sunday," reported Breitbart.
"Unprovoked, a 19-year-old male approached an officer and attempted to strike him over the head with a machete. The male then struck two additional officers in the head with the machete," said Sewall.
An officer then fired his weapon at the suspect, striking him in the shoulder, and an arrest followed.
"Two of the injured officers were taken to Bellevue Hospital, where they were noted to be in stable condition. One of the wounded officers, who had been on the force for eight years, suffered a laceration to the head. Another officer, who had graduated from the police academy on Friday, was also struck in the head and suffered a laceration injury," reports Breitbart.
The suspect taken into custody is Trevor Bickford, 19, of Wells, Maine.
"While Bickford has no criminal history, police sources told the Post that the FBI in Boston had had the alleged suspect on their radar, including having him placed on a guardian list due to his radicalization," reports Breitbart. "Furthermore, Bickford’s aunt reported his radicalization to authorities because he allegedly said he wanted to fight in Afghanistan."
Law enforcement sources said that Pickford is a "radicalized terrorist."
This is the weapon that was recovered at the scene. https://t.co/Waaux2hUTt pic.twitter.com/EijU7QUgkQ
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