One police officer is being hailed a hero after he shot a suspected terrorist who plowed into pedestrians on a sidewalk in Manhattan in a rented Home Depot truck, killing eight people. His quick thinking may have saved other lives. The officer’s day started out routinely when he responded to a different call, but ended up being anything but ordinary.
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NYPD Officer Ryan Nash was responding to a call of a mentally disturbed man refusing to come out of his home when he came face to face with Sayfullo Saipov, the man responsible for the worst terrorist attack in New York since 9/11.
Nash found Saipov after the terrorist had already crashed his vehicle into the sidewalk killing eight people and injuring 12 others. Saipov was walking around the street with what we now know was a paintball gun and a pellet gun, repeatedly yelling “Allahu akbar!”
Nash reportedly tried to reason with Saipov before he shot him, according to law enforcement sources. The 28-year-old is a five year veteran of the police force and his valiant efforts did not go unnoticed.
“He was a hero,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “I think Officer Nash showed how important (patrol officers) are, and how talented they are and how brave. So we all applaud and congratulate him.” According to the New York Post, Nash is described as a fast-acting officer credited with over 50 arrests.
Saipov was taken to the hospital after being shot in the abdomen and is in custody. According to USA Today, Nash was transported to a local hospital for ringing in his ears but was later discharged with no additional injuries.
City Councilman Joe Borelli extended his thanks as well for Nash’s heroic efforts, informing people around the world who the quick-acting office was who had saved countless other lives. “Here’s the hero cop the world should be talking about,” he tweeted. “Police Officer Ryan Nash risked his life to save others. Thank u Ryan, thank u #NYPD”
The brave men and women who protect our streets don’t see themselves as heroes; they believe they’re simply doing their job – a job that saves lives everyday.