A man armed with a meat cleaver has reportedly attacked a police officer in New York.

The attacker was then shot by officers, hitting him multiple times, reported the New York Post.

It's believed an off-duty detective got into an altercation with the attacker before he was struck in the face by the cleaver. A second officer was injured by a bullet that grazed his back when police began shooting at the attacker.

The incident happened near Penn Station about 5pm local time.


The officers were taken to Bellevue Hospital. Their injuries weren't thought to be life-threatening.

The attacker is in critical condition.

More to come.