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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.

Officials say four rookie officers were posing for a photo when a man charged at them with an 18.5-inch hatchet.

"Unprovoked and not speaking a word, the male then swung at one of the officers with a hatchet, striking his right arm," said Police Commissioner William Bratton. "After striking the officer, the suspect continues swinging the hatchet, striking a second officer in the head, causing him to fall to the sidewalk."

The two other officers in the group then opened fire, shooting and killing the suspect on the scene.

Mayor Bill de Blasio praised their response.

"Four rookie cops, just starting out in their career, when the absolute unexpected happened, they responded in a way that really shows the power of not only their abilities and their commitment, but their training," de Blasio said.

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

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

The officer who was struck in the head is in critical condition, but all three are expected to survive.

Police say the man who was photographing police is giving them valuable information and is not believed to be connected to the attack. As for the dead suspect, police are still searching for his motive.

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