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NYPD Officer Critically Injured by Ax-Wielding Man

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The New York City Police Department says an officer was critically injured Thursday after being attacked by an ax-wielding man in Queens.

The incident took place around 2 p.m. near Jamaica Avenue and 162nd Street.

Police Commissioner William Bratton says it all began when two uniformed officers assigned to the 103rd precinct were asked to pose for a picture by a freelance photographer. An unidentified male then charged at the officers, striking one in the arm with the hatchet.

Bratton says the suspect continued swinging his weapon and struck a second officer in the back of his head.

Two officers who were on an adjacent foot post immediately approached the scene and fired multiple shots at the suspect, killing him.

A 29-year-old female bystander was accidentally struck in the lower back.

Both the wounded officers and bystander were transported to Jamaica Hospital.

All three are expected to recover.

An investigation is ongoing.

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