Suspect Also Pepper Spayed Twice ‘To No Apparent Effect,’ Police Say

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police in Harlem shot a man who they said was attacking people at random with a heavy metal chain.

It happened around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday around Third Avenue near 102nd Street.

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The man hit one person on the street and then lunged at a uniformed housing officer outside a woman’s apparel store, police said.

Ignoring orders to stop and put down the chain, the suspect swung it at the officer, police said. That’s when the officer opened fire, hitting him in the abdomen.

But cops said that didn’t stop him. After failing backwards into the store’s open door, the man, still armed with the chain, got up and advanced on the cop and others officers who were responding to the scene, police said.

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He was then pepper spayed twice “to no apparent effect,” police said. He was finally restrained by several cops and taken into custody.

The suspect was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital where he was listed in stable condition. His identity is unknown.

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