A man allegedly attacked a Washington, D.C. police officer with an axe Friday morning, more than a week after a hatchet-wielding Muslim convert attacked a pair of New York City officers in what investigators described as a terrorist attack.
D.C. police are calling the Friday attack “unprovoked” and are looking for the suspect. The officer suffered no injuries from the axe.
“Unprovoked, the man armed with an ax did swing at the officer,” police spokesman Araz Alali said, according to The Washington Post. “He ambushed a police officer. This was not direct enforcement. This was completely unprovoked.”
Alali told the Post that “at this point there is no connection” with the New York axe attack, but that the investigation is just beginning and “wide open.”
D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier wrote on Facebook Friday that investigators are looking for a “black male, 6′-1″ to 6′-2″ with a stocky build.”
Lanier described the incident this way: around 3 a.m. in Northeast Washington, the officer approached a suspicious-looking individual, who then ducked into an alley to avoid the officer. The cop then drove his marked car into the alley, when the man swung at the car with the axe, shattering the window.
The axe remained stuck in the window, Alali said.
The officer then jumped out of the car and chased down the suspect, who was able to escape after a “brief struggle.”
Lanier referenced the recent radical Islam-inspired terror attacks in her Facebook statement.
“Recent incidents targeting uniformed law enforcement officers in Quebec, New York City, and now to one our own here in Washington, D.C. are reminders that we must always be ready for any eventuality,” Lanier wrote.