NEW YORK (AP) -

Police say a man with a meat cleaver attacked an officer in New York City.

Authorities say the man was shot by New York City police as a result of the attack,  and was initially stopped because he was trying to remove boots from the vehicles.

The shooting happened around 5 p.m. about a block from Madison Square Garden.

Police say officers initially confronted the man, and then chased him for several blocks after he pulled an 11-inch butcher knife.

Officers unsuccessfully tried to subdue him with a Taser.

An off-duty detective tried to tackle the man and was hacked int he face, leaving a six inch gash.

Police commissioner William Bratton commended the detective for his bravery.

Joudeh was wounded and has been hospitalized in reportedly critical condition.

Officials identified the suspect as Akram Joudeh, they say he's been arrested more than a dozen times in recent years.