On October 31, 2014, an officer with Washington's Metropolitan Police Department was attacked by a man wielding an ax. This is the second such attack this month. Last week, a man attacked four New York City officers with a hatchet in broad daylight. It was determined to be a terrorist act.
Today’s attack in Washington occurred around 3 a.m. The officer was ambushed by a man wielding an ax, while patrolling Washington's Brookland neighborhood in his marked squad car, near the campus of Catholic University of America. An unidentified male smashed an ax into the police vehicle, shattering the glass of the window. The ax ended up being implanted just inches away from the officer's head. The D.C. police officer wasn't injured by the ax. He chased the suspect and suffered a dislocated shoulder in a scuffle, attempting to apprehend the attacker. The suspect fought back and managed to get away. He remains at large. Police described the attacker as an African-American man of stocky build, who is approximately six feet tall. At the time of the attack, the suspect was wearing dark-colored or black coveralls.