NYPD Commends Officer Ryan Nash for Saving Lives in Manhattan Truck Jihad

04 Novembre, 2017, 05:45 | Auteur: Phyllis Powers
  • Saipov allegedly killed at least eight people when he mowed them down on the West Side Highway bike path on Tuesday afternoon. He

Nash was reportedly trying to locate an emotionally disturbed person, unrelated to the terror incident, when he spotted a Home Depot truck barreling down a bike path. As Saipov began to run, Nash fired nine shots-one striking the suspect in the abdomen, The New York Times reported.

Before shooting Saipov, Nash was one of four officers called to a high school after a student had indicated he wanted to kill himself, according to the New York Times. The mayor said at a news conference this morning that Nash "thought this was all in a day's work and what a cop does to protect other people".

In Tuesday's attack, Saipov drove his speeding truck for nearly a mile along the bike path, running down cyclists and pedestrians, then crashed into a school bus, authorities said.

After crushing the ute into a school bus, he then emerged from the truck, producing a paintball and pellet gun and shouting "Allahu akbar".

Police sources told CBS New York Nash joined the department in July 2012 and is a very active cop with more than 50 arrests to his record.

"I want commend the response of our NYPD officer that was on post near the location who stopped the carnage moments after it began", NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill told reporters at a press conference Tuesday evening. "We owe him a great debt of gratitude".

In Medford, Long Island, where Nash lives with his girlfriend in a Cape Cod-style house that's adorned with signs of welcome, shamrocks and the American flag, neighbors are gushing with pride and praise for the officer.

"Ryan is a hero, but he was so humble about his achievement", de Blasio said.

Patrick J. Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said Nash was first at the scene.

Nash is a New Jersey native who previously won two NYPD awards for Excellent Police Duty and one for Meritorious Police Duty, ABC News reported.

"What he did was amazing, you know, helping to keep anybody else from being killed", said neighbour Dino Cortina.

"He is a hero, there is no doubt", also summary Andrew Cuomo, the governor of the State of New York. The suspect is believed to have worked alone, law enforcement sources said. "And that's what you saw yesterday".

Trump tweeted out, "We offer our thanks to the first responders who stopped the suspect and rendered immediate aid to the victims of this cowardly attack".

Commissioner O'Neil confirmed that the two handguns were really a paintbull gun and a pullet gun.

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