NEW YORK CITY (AFP) – New York police opened fire on a suspect in Times Square on Saturday night, injuring two bystanders in the city’s busiest commercial district, police said on Sunday.
A 35-year-old man described as “emotionally disturbed” was weaving in and out of traffic at the Manhattan crossroads — one of the city’s top tourist attractions — and appeared to be trying to be hit by a car when an officer tried to arrest him.
“The male eluded the officer, and when additional officers responded to the scene, the male put his hand in his pocket and then took it out, simulating that he was shooting at the officers,” police said in a statement.
One officer fired a shot and missed, and another fired two shots and also missed. The bullets hit a 54-year-old woman in her knee and a 35-year-old woman was injured in her left buttock.
The man was arrested after being hit with a Taser.