Incident Summary:

10/23/2014: An assailant attacked a police patrol with a hatchet in Queens, New York City, United States. The assailant was killed and two officers and a bystander were wounded in the attack. Zale Thompson, a convert to Islam, was responsible for the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the burough of Queens.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity New York City Police Department
Specific Description Patrol
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A hatchet was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 3
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"ISIS goes global: Mapping 50 ISIS attacks that kill 1,100 in 18 countries," CNN Wire, December 17, 2015.
"Cops recover after hatchet attack," CNN, October 28, 2014.
"NY axe attack: Islamist link probed," BBC, October 24, 2014.