One NYPD officer was stabbed in the neck and two others were shot in the hand during a chaotic and bloody confrontation at a Brooklyn intersection late Wednesday, officials said.
The melee erupted at 11:50 p.m. at Flatbush and Church avenues in front of a Chase Bank.
At an early Thursday news conference at Kings County Hospital, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said two officers from the 70th Precinct assigned to an anti-looting post were at the intersection when a man “casually” walked up to one of them and slashed him in the neck, “missing an artery.”
A sergeant a block away heard the gunfire and rushed to the scene, where the attacker held a gun police believe belonged to one of the anti-looting officers, Shea said.
“It was a chaotic scene,” Shea said, adding 22 bullet shells were recovered.
Police shot and critically wounded the attacker, and two officers suffered gunshot wounds to the hand, apparently in the hail of bullets.
All three officers were in stable condition at KCH, and the suspect was in critical condition, authorities said.
Shea said investigators would work with local and federal prosecutors in the case, but didn’t discuss a possible motive for the attack, or identify the suspect.