Sayfullo Saipov sped a rented truck down almost a mile of a Hudson River bikepath on Tuesday afternoon, crushing eight individuals to loss of life and injuring 11 extra, earlier than crashing in entrance of Stuyvesant Excessive Faculty in TriBeCa.
Then he started to run.
However at Chambers avenue, there was Officer Ryan Nash.
Officer Nash fired 9 pictures at Mr. Saipov, ending the worst terrorist assault in New York Metropolis since Sept. 11, 2001. The police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, stated Tuesday that one bullet struck Mr. Saipov in his stomach. Mr. Saipov, who police say is accountable for the assault, was brandishing two weapons, which turned out to be a pellet gun and paintball gun.
“To NYPD Officer Ryan Nash-thank you in your bravery & fast motion in stopping yesterday’s terrorist assault,” William J. Bratton, a former commissioner of the New York Police Division, wrote on Twitter. “Really considered one of New York’s Best.”
In a information convention on Wednesday, Mayor Invoice de Blasio stated he had spoken to Officer Nash for the reason that assault. “He is an efficient younger man; he was very humble about what he did, however what he did was extraordinary,” the mayor stated. “And it gave individuals such religion and such appreciation in our police drive.”
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo joined within the reward, calling the officer “gifted” and “courageous.”
Officer Nash is a five-year veteran of the drive, working day excursions within the First Precinct in Decrease Manhattan, in keeping with an individual conversant in the main points of Tuesday’s incident. He was considered one of 4 officers responding to a name from Stuyvesant Excessive Faculty at 345 Chambers Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. Officer Nash and his companion, Officer John Hasiotis, had been summoned to assist with a scholar who was within the nurses’ workplace and had indicated that he wished to kill himself. Two different officers had been referred to as as backup.
Exterior, Mr. Saipov’s vehicular rampage was ending with a crash at Chambers Avenue and West Avenue, the place he slammed his white rental truck right into a yellow college bus and fled into the streets.
The 4 officers rushed out of the varsity, turning east towards the freeway and confronting Mr. Saipov on the road. He had what gave the impression to be pistols in every hand and turned towards the officers as they approached. Officer Nash was the closest, and fired 9 instances from his department-issued service gun.
When Mr. Saipov dropped to the pavement, a civilian — who had beforehand tried to sort out the suspect as he was getting out of the rented truck — approached the wounded man, who was nonetheless clutching the 2 weapons.
The civilian kicked the weapons out of Mr. Saipov’s fingers.
Mr. Saipov, an Uzbeki immigrant and someday Uber driver dwelling in Paterson, N.J., has not but been charged. He was hospitalized at Bellevue Hospital Middle and has been talking with investigators, the police stated.