D.C. police officer attacked by man wielding an ax for unknown reason

Ax from the attack stuck in the side window of MPD police car. (Photo: WJLA/John Gonzalez)

WASHINGTON (WJLA/AP) - District of Columbia police are searching for a man they say swung a large ax at an officer in an unprovoked attack.

Chief Cathy Lanier said the officer was sitting in a marked police car in the 1200 block of Quincy Street, NE shortly after 3 a.m. Friday when a man swung the ax and shattered the driver's side window.

The officer got out of the car and struggled with the attacker, who fled on foot without the ax. The officer was injured in the scuffle, but not by the blade of the weapon; he suffered a dislocated shoulder.

"We are relieved that his injuries are not life threatening, but we must now focus on finding the person responsible... before anyone else gets hurt," Lanier said.

The attacker was described by police as a black man who is approximately 6 feet tall with a stocky build, wearing dark-colored or black coveralls.

Lanier asked that you contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099 or send text tips to 50411 if you have any information about the attacker. A $10,000 reward was being offered in the case.

The chief said there was "no known motive" for the attack, but added that "it appears the person specifically targeted the police officer - this a marked police car and an officer in full uniform."

Officer Araz Alali, an MPD spokesman, said there was no apparent connection to last week's attack of a group of New York City police officers by a hatchet-wielding man. New York's police commissioner described that attack as an act of terrorism.

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