Police: Man with meat cleaver attacks officer, gets shot

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NEW YORK  — Police say a man with a meat cleaver has attacked an officer in New York City and has been shot at least twice during a struggle with officers trying to subdue him.

The gunshots rang out about a block from Macy’s midtown Manhattan flagship department store just as rush hour was getting underway Thursday evening.

Police say the wounded man has been hospitalized in critical condition. An off-duty police detective has been hospitalized for a slash wound to the face.

A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press the officers had chased the man with the cleaver and had unsuccessfully tried to subdue him with a Taser before the struggle that led to the shooting. The official wasn’t authorized to release the information and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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