Hammer-Wielding Suspect Accused of Attacking Officer Shot by Police

The man had allegedly been involved in at least four hammer attacks in Manhattan.
1:13 | 05/14/15

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streets of New York City, a street corner full of tourists today. The suspect swinging a haller, attacking a female police officer, all in broad daylight. ABC's linsey Davis in New York tonight. Clear the sidewalk! Reporter: It all happened so fast. Surveillance video capturing the moment, a man wielding a hammer runs after a female New York City police officer right into a busy intersection, hitting her several times. Her partner shooting the suspect. Tonight, credited with possibly saving her life. I just saw a guy get shot. Reporter: Innocent bystanders instantly made eyewitnesses in the heart of midtown Manhattan in the middle of the day. We have a perp down. Reporter: Police had been on the lookout for the 30-year-old allegedly involved in at least four hammer attacks in Manhattan on Monday. When these two officers recognized and then confronted him, police say the suspect immediately pulled out this hammer. He violently attacked them, unprovoked. Reporter: Police say the suspect, known for a history of psychological problems, has at least eight prior arrests. That suspect is now in critical but stable condition at the hospital. As for the female officer -- David?

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