NYC police: Man shot after hammer attacks has been arrested

NYC police: Man shot after hammer attacks has been arrested

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NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a man suspected of randomly attacking four people with a hammer has been arrested after he struck a New York City officer with the tool and was shot.

Thirty-year-old David Baril of the Bronx faces assault and weapons charges.

Baril was shot at least twice and remains in critical but stable condition.

Surveillance video shows Baril lunging at the officer with a hammer Wednesday, striking her at least three times. Her partner shot him.

Police allege Baril struck four other people with the hammer Monday.

Manhattan Chief of Detectives Bill Aubry says Baril has a history of schizophrenia and voluntarily left a mental institution in December.

Baril's attorney says Baril sometimes is able to live a stable life, but people with mental health problems need more community support.

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