Detective Brian O’Donnell left a New York City hospital, Friday, just one day after being
during a police stand-off with a man allegedly wielding a meat cleaver outside of Penn Station, reports
NBC New York
O’Donnell was gashed from his forehead to his jaw when he tackled the man, who had allegedly been running from police. The detective was off-duty at the time and was walking to Penn Station to catch a train home to Long Island.
He was wheeled out of Bellevue Hospital with a cast on his left arm and an visible cut on his face, NBC reported. Other officers cheered as he exited the hospital.
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The incident happened just before 5:00 p.m., Thursday, at 32nd Street and Sixth Avenue, New York Police Department Det. Hubert Reyes confirmed to PEOPLE. The suspect had allegedly been trying to remove a boot from his car, reported NBC New York.
“Upon arriving at the scene the officers encountered a male who removed a 11-inch meat clever from his waistband and fled west bound,” the NYPD
wrote on Twitter
Officers allegedly pursued the man on foot and attempted to taser him “to no effect,” the NYPD said. After O’Donnell tried to subdue the man and was injured, responding uniformed officers fired at the suspect, “striking him several times.”
Reyes confirmed to PEOPLE that the suspect – identified as Akram Joudeh, 32, of Queens – was subsequently hospitalized in critical condition. (The NYPD could provide no update Friday on his condition.) Police said he was believed to be living in his vehicle ahead of the alleged attack.
No charges have been filed, the NYPD tells PEOPLE.
Two other officers were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.