'Hero' NYPD cop who shot terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov identified

'Hero' NYPD cop who shot terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov identified

Nash and another officer were responding to an unrelated call Tuesday afternoon at Stuyvesant High School when they were alerted by civilians about an apparent auto crash nearby, said John Miller, NYPD deputy commissioner.

The officers ran from the school and Nash spotted the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, shouting and brandishing what turned out to be a paint-ball gun and a pellet gun.

During a press conference following the attack, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill told reporters that a "uniformed police officer assigned to the First Precinct confronted the subject and shot him in the abdomen".

"He was a hero", said Gov. Andre Cuomo. Saipov was wielding what appeared to be two weapons that he refused to drop on orders from the officers, police said.

After the call came in on the truck attack, Nash and the other officers rushed to the scene.

Hasiotis and two other officers, Michael Welsome and Kevin McGinn, secured the area, took witness statements and grabbed the guns. "In a typical fashion of an NYPD cop, he thinks what he did is not an act of heroism, he thinks it's something that, why he joined the police department". "He did a good job", neighbor Gene Boles said.

No one answered the door at Nash's two-story yellow Cape Cod-style home on Long Island on Wednesday.

In Tuesday's attack, Saipov drove his speeding truck for almost a mile along the bike path, running down cyclists and pedestrians, then crashed into a school bus, authorities said.

"What he did was unbelievable, you know, helping to keep anybody else from being killed", said neighbor Dino Cortina. "We have first responders who are heroes". "Truly one of New York's Finest". They showed great courage.

Irish Central report that Nash, a police officer since 2012 and a member of the Emerald Society, was responding to a different call when the gruesome terrorist killings began.

Officer Nash was treated and released at New York Presbyterian Hospital for tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, following the shooting.

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