Posted: 16 September, 2016 by @amydrewsnews

New York Police Officer Attacked With Meat Cleaver In Front Of Hundreds In Busy Manhattan

Pics: NY Daily News 

Gunshots have been fired in New York's busy Manhattan midtown district after a man attacked a police officer, hitting him in the head with a butcher knife.

The incident was seen by hundreds of passer-by's, happening just steps from Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Police were seen chasing the suspect down the street as he waved the large knife around.

A group of officers managed to surround the man near Penn Station, but he refused to drop the weapon. When one of the cops tried to knock the blade from his hand, he was struck in the dead and suffered a deep gash.

Witnesses say the suspect was shot up to five or six times. His condition is unknown. 

At this stage, it is unknown if the attack was terror-related.

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