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Monday 10 December 2018

Irish-American cop 'stopped the carnage' by shooting suspect

Hero NY cop Ryan Nash.
Hero NY cop Ryan Nash.

An Irish-American police officer who shot the New York terror suspect after he allegedly ploughed a truck into civilians has been hailed a hero for bringing the attack to an end.

Ryan Nash, of the New York Police Department, was responding to a report of a suicidal teenager at a high school in Lower Manhattan when he heard reports that a vehicle had hit people nearby.

Officer Nash confronted Sayfullo Saipov after a rented truck was driven down a bike lane and into a school bus.

Eight people were killed and 11 were injured, including children, the New York Daily News reported.

The officer shot the 29-year-old suspect and wounded him when he refused to drop a pair of realistic-looking weapons, later identified as paintball and pellet guns.

Speaking at a press conference afterwards, NYPD commissioner James O'Neill said: "I want to commend the response of our NYPD officer that was on post near the location who stopped the carnage moments after it began."

The 28-year-old officer went to Stuyvesant High School at 2.35pm in response to a call reporting a suicidal 17-year-old girl there.

Around 30 minutes later, the truck hit cyclists and pedestrians on Chambers Street, near the school.

Officer Nash rushed to the scene, where he saw Saipov brandishing the guns.

Police said Saipov did not obey orders to drop the weapons and, as a result, Officer Nash opened fire, hitting him in the abdomen.

The cop, of Long Island, is an Irish-American and a member of the Emerald Society, which represents the Irish community within the city police force.

Proud

It is understood that he was also taken to hospital after the incident and received treatment for tinnitus.

A spokesperson for the Police Emerald Society, of Nassau County, New York, said: "We are also very proud of his actions, which saved countless more lives."

It is understood that Officer Nash joined the NYPD in 2012.

Since then, he was won two prestigious awards, one for Excellent Police Duty and one for Meritorious Police Duty.

Saipov remained in hospital yesterday as the attack was being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

It is the worst terror atrocity in the city since the 9/11 attack in 2001.

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