New York police officers injured, suspect shot dead at New Year’s Eve event

New York: A man with a machete attacked three police officers at a New Year’s Eve celebration in New York, authorities said, punching two of them in the head before a police officer shot the man in the shoulder.

The attack happened just after 10 p.m. about eight blocks from Times Square, just outside the high-security zone where revelers are searched for weapons.

The two officers were taken to hospital, one with a fractured skull and the other with a bad laceration, but are expected to recover.

Police did not immediately identify the 19-year-old suspect, who was also expected to recover.

The attack and the sound of a gunshot caused some people in the crowd to run briefly, but the incident had no impact on the Times Square celebrations, which continued uninterrupted.

Confetti falls at midnight on Sunday, January 1 during the New Year celebration in Times Square.

Confetti falls at midnight on Sunday, January 1 during the New Year celebration in Times Square.Credit:AP

Mayor Eric Adams said at a news conference he spoke to one of the wounded officers as he was being stitched up at the hospital.

“He was in good spirits,” Adams said. “He understood that his role saved lives for New Yorkers today.”

An investigation was underway to determine a motive for the attack, but authorities said they did not believe there was an ongoing threat to the public.

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