This is the first picture of the heroic New York city cop who shot the ISIS terrorist responsible for killing at least eight people during a truck rampage yesterday.
Ryan Nash, 28, was responding to reports of a suicidal teenage girl at a nearby school when the attack took place.
Suspect Sayfullo Saipov is alleged to have entered a Manhattan bike path in a rental pick-up truck before knocking down cyclists and pedestrians at speed, killing eight and injuring at least 11.
After the attack, his truck swerved back into traffic and collided with a school bus before coming to a stop.
But as Saipov began running through traffic, he immediately confronted Nash while brandishing two imitation firearms and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’, the arabic for ‘God is great’.
Nash is believed to be directly responsible for stopping Saipov’s reign of terror after shooting him in the stomach.
Saipov was handcuffed and subsequently taken to hospital where he is expected to survive.
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Hailing his heroics, NYPD commissioner James O’Neill told a press briefing: ‘I want to commend the response of our NYPD officer that was on post near the location who stopped the carnage moments after it began.’
It is believed that Saipov left several handwritten Arabic notes in the truck which saw him pledging allegiance to ISIS, along with an image of a black flag of the group.