Ax-Wielding Attack on Police Officers; Investigating Extremist Views Attacker’s Facebook Page


CNN: Was hatchet attack related to Islamic extremism?

A man, identified as Zale H. Thompson, lunged toward four police officers with a hatchet in his hand. He hit one officer in the arm and hit another in the head — critically injuring the second officer. One or both of the uninjured officers were able to shoot and kill Thompson. A female bystander was hit in the back by a bullet from a police officer’s gun aimed at the attacker. She was transported to a local hospital, but her condition is not known.

Zale Thompson is reported to have had a Facebook page with extremist Islamic views, but any direct connections with a terrorist group have not been established.

Cell phone video at the scene after police officers were attacked by ax-wielding man.

A NYPD officer was critically injured in an ax-attack. CNN’s Jim Sciutto reports on the attacker’s possible motives.

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