New York

Police: Man with meat cleaver attacks officer, gets shot

  • Police officers work a crime scene on west 32nd street Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in New York. New York City police say a man attacked a police officer with a meat cleaver in midtown Manhattan and was shot at least twice during a struggle with officers trying to subdue him. The gunshots rang out about a block from Macy’s department store just as rush hour was getting underway Thursday.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Police officers work a crime scene on west 32nd street Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in New York. New York City police say a man attacked a police officer with a meat cleaver in midtown Manhattan and was shot at least twice during a struggle with officers trying to subdue him. The gunshots rang out about a block from Macy’s department store just as rush hour was getting underway Thursday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police officers block off west 32nd street Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in New York.  New York City police say a man attacked a police officer with a meat cleaver in midtown Manhattan and was shot at least twice during a struggle with officers trying to subdue him. The gunshots rang out about a block from Macy’s department store just as rush hour was getting underway Thursday.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Police officers block off west 32nd street Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in New York. New York City police say a man attacked a police officer with a meat cleaver in midtown Manhattan and was shot at least twice during a struggle with officers trying to subdue him. The gunshots rang out about a block from Macy’s department store just as rush hour was getting underway Thursday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)  (The Associated Press)

  • A police officer keeps pedestrians away from west 32nd street Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in New York. New York City police say a man attacked a police officer with a meat cleaver in midtown Manhattan and was shot at least twice during a struggle with officers trying to subdue him. The gunshots rang out about a block from Macy’s department store just as rush hour was getting underway Thursday.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    A police officer keeps pedestrians away from west 32nd street Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in New York. New York City police say a man attacked a police officer with a meat cleaver in midtown Manhattan and was shot at least twice during a struggle with officers trying to subdue him. The gunshots rang out about a block from Macy’s department store just as rush hour was getting underway Thursday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)  (The Associated Press)

Police say a man with a meat cleaver has attacked an officer in New York City and has been shot at least twice during a struggle with officers trying to subdue him.

The gunshots rang out about a block from Macy's midtown Manhattan flagship department store just as rush hour was getting underway Thursday evening.

Police say the wounded man has been hospitalized in critical condition. An off-duty police detective has been hospitalized for a slash wound to the face.

A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press the officers had chased the man with the cleaver and had unsuccessfully tried to subdue him with a Taser before the struggle that led to the shooting. The official wasn't authorized to release the information and spoke on the condition of anonymity.