Saturday 21 April 2018

Dramatic footage: The moment police shoot NYC hammer attack suspect after attack on female officer

A man accused of a string of hammer attacks in tourist packed areas of New York City has been shot by police after he assaulted an on-duty officer.

Dramatic footage shows the moment the man - suspected of four hammer attacks on strangers in Manhattan - was shot by police.

Police released footage of the attack after he was approached by two uniformed police officers in the middle of a busy Midtown street .

30 year-old David Baril matched the description of the suspect in earlier assaults and was known to authorities

After attacking female officer Lauren O'Rourke with the hammer, he was shot four times by her partner in the arm, torso and head. Baril was said to be seriously wounded and treated in hospital.

The female officer was treated for minor abrasions.

Baril who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia is accused of four separate attacks in the city in which he used a hammer to strike people on the head from behind.

He has been arrested eight times before, once for attempting to assault a police officer.

Last May he posted photos to his social media account of a bloody hammer believed to be the same one used in the recent attacks.

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