The officer who shot New York City terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov in the stomach Tuesday has been identified as Ryan Nash.
A law enforcement source told CNN that Nash, 28, was the NYPD officer who put a stop to Saipov’s murderous rampage. Nash reportedly joined the New York Police Department in 2012 and works in the first precinct.
Speaking with the New York Post, police sources said Nash put an end to Tuesday’s deadly incident when he wounded Saipov, 29, after he emerged from a truck near Stuyvesant High School at Chamber and West streets. The suspect had intentionally driven into a crowd of pedestrians and cyclists in a bike path in Lower Manhattan before he crashed his rental truck into a school bus.
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.
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Police commissioner James P. O’Neill said Tuesday that Saipov was in possession of two weapons, a pellet and BB gun, which were recovered at the scene. Nash was hospitalized for ringing in his ears, according to the Post.
To NYPD Officer Ryan Nash-thank you for your bravery & quick action in stopping yesterday's terrorist attack. Truly one of New York's Finest pic.twitter.com/xdDvNBc7HD
— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) November 1, 2017
“To NYPD Officer Ryan Nash-thank you for your bravery & quick action in stopping yesterday’s terrorist attack,” former NYPD commissioner William J. Bratton tweeted Wednesday.
“Truly one of New York’s Finest.”
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During a Wednesday news conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s been in contact with the hero cop since the attack that killed eight.
“He is a good young man; he was very humble about what he did, but what he did was extraordinary,” the mayor said at the news conference.
“And it gave people such faith and such appreciation in our police force.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also praised the officer, calling him “talented” and “brave.”
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