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Video Shows Sudden Hammer Attack, Police Shooting on Busy Manhattan Street

Surveillance footage from after the moment of the shooting near the intersection of 37th St. and Eighth Ave. in Manhattan on Wednesday.

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On Wednesday, a police officer in New York shot and critically injured a man suspected of several recent unprovoked hammer attacks on pedestrians after the suspect began swinging a hammer at his partner. Surveillance footage released by the NYPD shows the sudden attack, which took place on a crowded street between the Penn Station and Port Authority transit hubs at around 10 a.m., and officer Geraldo Casaigne’s response:

Per DNAInfo New York, suspect David Baril has reportedly been arrested eight times, including for a previous attack on a police officer, and was treated at a Manhattan mental health facility as recently as this winter.