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.