Officer Ryan Nash was out on a routine call in New York on the afternoon of Tuesday 31 October 2017.
He suddenly ended up being eye to eye with a terrorist who carried out the deadliest terror attack in New York since September 11, 2001, the New York Post reports.
28-year-old Ryan Nash stopped Sayfullo Saipov, had who jumped out of a white pickup, right after mowing down pedestrians and cyclists on a bicycle path in Tribeca, New York.
In the attack eight people were killed and twelve were seriously injured. When the car crashed into a school bus at a crossing, not far from the World Trade Center, the perpetrator jumped out of the car with two guns in his hands and shouted “Allahu Akbar!” (Arabic for “God is Great”).
The guns were later discovered to be be a paintball gun and a pellet gun.
Stopped the perpetrator
Ryan took on the role of chasing and pursuing the suspected perpetrator who would later be identified as Sayfullo Saipov.
Nash pulled his weapon out and shot the 29-year-old suspect before he could do any more damage, according to the police.
“A uniformed police officer . . . confronted the subject and shot him in the abdomen,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill told The New York Post.
Officer Nash was actually on a routine call when his path was crossed with the suspected terrorist.
He was on the search for an “emotionally disturbed person,” writes the New York Post.
Quick and clever officer Nash has been working as a police officer for more than five years and has more than 50 arrests behind him, says a source close to the New York Post.
Officer Nash, who is from Medford, Long Island, New York, was taken to a hospital where he was treated for ringing in his ears.
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