Brooklyn, NY-On Wednesday night, an NYPD police officer was stabbed in the neck by a man in Brooklyn in what is believed to be an unprovoked attack. Two other officers were shot.
During an Thursday morning news conference, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said all three officers were expected to recover. The suspect was shot multiple times and was in critical condition at the hospital.
"What we know at this point in time is that it appears to be a completely cowardly, despicable, unprovoked attack on a defenseless police officer — and thank God we're not planning a funeral right now," Shea said.
The suspect is a 20-year-old Brooklyn man, law enforcement officials said, and he was shot eight times. His identity has not been released.
The stabbing occurred around 11:45 p.m. in the Flatbush neighborhood where two officers were assigned to an anti-looting post. Surveillance video shows a man "walk up to the officers casually, take out a knife and stab one of the officers in the neck," he added.
A police sergeant, who was a block away, heard gunfire, responded, and found the suspect with what investigators believe was a gun from one of the officers.
Multiple body camera video shows "an extremely chaotic, rapid situation that is dark" and police were still establishing what exactly occurred, but 22 shell casings have been found and it is thought a number of officers fired, he said.
The two injured police officers were shot in the left hand, police officials said. The knife wound missed an artery and that officer is stable at the hospital, Shea said.