Federal and local authorities are investigating 19-year-old Trevor Bickford, who “allegedly attacked a group of NYPD officers outside a security screening zone in Times Square just after 10 p.m. Saturday, according to law enforcement officials.”
The Foreign Desk News reports Bickford is from Wells, Maine, and reportedly approached the officers on Manhattan’s 8th Avenue between 51st and 52nd streets armed with a machete. He swung at several officers, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at an overnight press conference.
Multiple police officers working security for the New Year’s Eve bash in Times Square were wounded; Bickford “struck the officers in the head in what law enforcement is investigating as a possible targeted attack” adds Foreign Desk News.
Commissioner Sewell said that the individual dealt two of the officers blows to the head, giving an 8-year veteran a head laceration and a recent police academy graduate a skull fracture. The wounded NYPD officers were taken to Bellevue Hospital and are expected to survive.
One officer fired upon the suspect, striking him in the shoulder. Officials said the attacker’s injuries are also non-life-threatening.
A preliminary review shows the man has no previous arrests but was known to federal and local law enforcement because of past online postings.
Federal and local law enforcement officials said the man previously posted jihadist writings online and traveled to New York City to target police.
“We believe this was a sole individual at this time, there’s nothing to suggest otherwise,” said Mike Driscoll, assistant director in charge of the New York FBI Field Office.
The knife attack and gunfire startled a large line of crowds waiting to join the NYE celebrations. A local pizza shop employee said panicked revelers fled amid the chaos. Police officials have closed down the immediate area for their investigation.
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“In my extensive 13-year tenure, I find myself grappling with a reality I never envisaged. Our current circumstances defy logic; established policies, our solemn oaths, and the very essence of our professional calling have been eroded. Instead, we find ourselves relegated to mere affirmations from higher authorities, commending our efforts. The days of border patrol, the pursuit of illicit substances—what we colloquially term ‘dope’—have yielded to a role resembling that of caretakers,” the agent added.
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