Helicopters Circle Over Brooklyn After 'Unprovoked' Attack on Police

Three police officers have been hospitalized after what Police Commissioner Dermot Shea described as a “cowardly, despicable, unprovoked attack” in Brooklyn late on Wednesday evening, June 3.

Authorities said a police officer assigned to an anti-looting post at the corner of Church and Flatbush Avenue was stabbed in the neck about 11:45 pm on Wednesday. Two other officers were shot, police said.

Shea described chaotic scenes in which the alleged perpetrator was “struck multiple times.” A knife and 22 shell casings were recovered from the scene, he said.

The three police officers were in a stable condition and the alleged offender is in a critical condition, police said.

This footage shows a helicopter flying over the Brooklyn neighborhood on Wednesday night. Credit: @keithmedelis via Storyful