Police detective slashed by cleaver in NYC leaves hospital

Police officers work a crime scene on west 32nd street Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in New York. New York City police say a man attacked a police officer with a meat cleaver in midtown Manhattan and was shot at least twice during a struggle with officers trying to subdue him. The gunshots rang out about a block from Macy’s department store just as rush hour was getting underway Thursday.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Police officers work a crime scene on west 32nd street Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in New York. New York City police say a man attacked a police officer with a meat cleaver in midtown Manhattan and was shot at least twice during a struggle with officers trying to subdue him. The gunshots rang out about a block from Macy’s department store just as rush hour was getting underway Thursday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


NEW YORK (AP) — A police detective who was injured by a meat cleaver-wielding man near New York’s Penn Station has been released from a hospital.

Detective Brian O’Donnell was greeted with applause as he left Bellevue Hospital on Friday.

O’Donnell was off-duty on Thursday when he was slashed in the face by a man with a meat cleaver. Police say the suspect was later shot by officers when he refused orders to drop the weapon.

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Police say the confrontation began when two uniformed officers encountered the suspect, 32-year-old Akram Joudeh, trying to remove an immobilizing boot from a parked vehicle.

Joudeh was hospitalized in critical but stable condition after being shot. It’s not clear if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.

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