The NYPD officer who shot man suspected of using a rental truck to mow down pedestrians in Manhattan, killing at least eight people and injuring almost a dozen others, is being hailed a hero by NY lawmakers and leaders.
Nash was on a routine call in Lower Manhattan, responding to an emotionally disturbed person, when alleged terrorist Sayfullo Saipov drove down a bike path on the West Side Highway, mowing down everyone in his path. Saipov, who police say is responsible for the attack, was brandishing two weapons, which turned out to be a pellet gun and paintball gun.
After demanding that Saipov surrender, Nash opened fire, hitting him in the abdomen, and consequently, detained the suspect.More news: New report gives Louisiana failing grade for premature births
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NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill commended Nash in a news conference Tuesday evening, saying the young officer "stopped the carnage moments after it began". He said Hasiotis pinpointed witnesses and Officers Michael Welsome and Kevin McGinn collected the gunman's weapons and with Hasiotis secured the area. "While we mourn the bad loss of life and the injuries to innocent people, we are proud of, and grateful for, the quick action of a team of police officers who responded to cries for help and took charge of a chaotic and unsafe situation", said police union president Patrick Lynch. "It gave people such faith and such appreciation in our police force", de Blasio said. CBS reports that Nash was taken to the hospital for ringing ears but that he was otherwise unhurt. Two other officers responded with Officer Nash at the time. "In a typical fashion of an NYPD cop, he thinks what he did was not an act of heroism", O'Neill said.
Nash, a Long Island resident, joined the NYPD in July 2012, police sources said. "He did a good job", neighbor Gene Boles said.
"It's great to find out you got a hero right across the street from you". "What he did was incredible, you know, helping to keep anybody else from being killed", said neighbor Dino Cortina. "Thank u Ryan, thank u #NYPD".