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A hammer lies on ground at a crime scene as members of NYPD police stand by at intersection of 37th street and 8th avenue in midtown Manhattan in New York

REFILE - ADDITIONAL CAPTION INFORMATION A hammer lies on the ground at a crime scene as members of the NYPD police stand by at the intersection of 37th street and 8th avenue in midtown Manhattan in New York, May 13, 2015. A hammer-wielding man who hit three people on the head in tourist-packed areas of New York City earlier this week has been shot in a confrontation with police, New York media reported on Wednesday. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Police shoot New York City hammer attacks suspect

A man suspected of attacking four people with a hammer this week was shot and wounded by police Wednesday after he pulled a hammer from a bag and lunged at officers who approached him on the street near Penn Station, police said.

Manhattan Chief of Detectives William Aubry said the two officers were responding to an unrelated assault when they noticed the suspect and started to follow him.

"When he turned around, he violently started swinging," Aubry said. An officer backed away and fell to the ground.

The other officer fired four times, striking the suspect twice. Police say the man is in critical but stable condition at a hospital.


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