NYPD investigating possible links to ISIS after 3 officers wounded during 'unprovoked attack' in Brooklyn: sources

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June 04, 2020 - 12:05 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYPD is investigating whether a suspect had links to ISIS after an officer was stabbed and two other officers were shot late Wednesday night during what police described as an "attack" in Brooklyn that ended with the suspect shot by police, law enforcement sources told 1010 WINS.

The sources said the NYPD is investigating whether the suspect, Dzenan Camovic, had potential links to the terror group.

Camovic has no arrest history, the sources said.

The FBI also said it was "fully engaged" with the investigation after the "cowardly attack on the NYPD," which left all three officers with non-life-threatening injuries and the suspect in critical condition.

The incident took place around 11:45 p.m. near Church and Flatbush Avenues in Flatbush when the suspect approached two officers stationed in the area to prevent looting, police said.

The man stabbed one of the officers in the neck, according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, who said video shows the man casually walking up to the officers before pulling a knife.

NYPD stabbing shooting

A sergeant and another officer a block or two away heard gunshots from the area and rushed to the scene to find the suspect with a gun, Shea said. It's believed the gun belonged to one of the officers.

The responding officers opened fire, striking the man eight times, authorities said.

Two officers suffered gunshot wounds to their hands; it's unclear who shot them. Shea said 22 shell casings were recovered. 

Citizen App video shows a heavy police presence at the scene late into the night.

The officers were transported to Kings County Hospital. Their injuries were described as non-life-threatening.

"That officer was stabbed in the left side of his neck, thank God missing an artery, and is recovering here in stable condition at the hospital," Shea said.

The suspect was also transported to Kings County Hospital. He was in critical condition.

"What we know at this point and time is that it appears to be a completely, cowardly, despicable, unprovoked attack on a defenseless police officer and thank God we aren’t planning a funeral right now," Shea said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio went to the hospital to visit the officers, calling it a "very tough night."

"Thank God all of our officers will recover," the mayor said. "Thank God this very, very challenging situation ... Thank God our officers came through safely."

Three Officers and One Suspect Wounded in Shootout @CitizenApp

Church Ave & Flatbush Ave Yesterday 11:50:15 PM EDT

At a briefing Thursday morning, de Blasio called it “a horrible, painful incident” and an “absolute unprovoked attack.”

“I’ve seen the video myself, and I can say there were two of our officers trying to protect their community and they came under an unprovoked attack,” the mayor said.

De Blasio said all three officers were immigrants or the children of immigrants and “represented all that is great about New York City.”

He said the officer who was stabbed immigrated from Haiti and came to the U.S. as an “exemplary young man giving back to the country.”

He said the parents of the two officers who were shot were immigrants as well.

De Blasio said it was a “painful, horrible moment and at the same time a picture of the greatness of New York City that these three individuals brought all of themselves to all of us to protect all of us.”

“Thank God they will all recover,” the mayor said.

Shea didn’t speculate on the motive of the stabber, but he noted that it was one of several attacks on police officers in recent days, including one in which a driver plowed into a police sergeant who was trying to stop looting in the Bronx and a lieutenant who was struck in the helmet by a brick during a brawl with protesters in Manhattan.

Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch blamed anti-police rhetoric during widespread protests.

“Are we surprised? Are we surprised we’re here in the hospital again. Did we doubt because of the rhetoric we’re hearing, the anti-police rhetoric that’s storming our streets, are we surprised that we got this call? I’m not. We said it’s going to happen,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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