NYPD Officer Who Shot NYC Terror Attack Suspect Hailed As Hero

Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov – NYC truck attack suspect

The NYPD officer who shot man suspected of using a rental truck to mow down pedestrians in Manhattan, killing at least eight people and injuring almost a dozen others, is being hailed a hero by NY lawmakers and leaders.

Officer Ryan Nash, 28, was at Stuyvesant High School in lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon with his partner John Hasiotis responding to a call that a student was threatening to kill himself when people told them of the pandemonium a short distance away. At the scene, he encountered the suspect - whom police identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov - armed with what appeared to be two guns.

Nash fired nine shots at Saipov, ending the worst terrorist attack in New York City since September 11, 2001.

During a press conference following the attack, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill told reporters that a "uniformed police officer assigned to the First Precinct confronted the subject and shot him in the abdomen".

Nash is new to the neighborhood, and many residents didn't know he was an officer until now. And they showed restraint by not firing their weapons into the crowded area, police said.

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"While we mourn the awful loss of life and the injuries to innocent people we are proud of and grateful for the quick action of a team of police officers who responded to cries for help and took charge of a chaotic and unsafe situation".

Ryan rushed to the scene, arriving after Saipov crashed his rented pickup truck into a school bus on Chambers St., near the high school.

Officer Nash, a native of Medford, Long Island, was also taken to Bellevue for ringing in his ears. "And it gave people such faith and such appreciation in our police force". "He thinks it's. why he joined the police department".

"It's great to find out you got a hero right across the street from you". In Tuesday's attack, Saipov drove his speeding truck for almost a mile along the bike path, running down cyclists and pedestrians, then crashed into a school bus, authorities said.

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