Officer Ryan Nash, 28, shot suspect Sayfullo Saipov in the stomach as he was brandishing two imitation guns
A New York city cop who took down an ISIS terrorist following a truck rampage has been hailed a hero.
Officer Ryan Nash, 28, had responded to reports of a suicidal teenage girl at a nearby high school when the attack happened.
A rental pick-up truck entered the bike path in Manhattan at around 3pm and knocked down a number of cyclists and pedestrians at speed.
Eight people died and at least 11 are injured.
The truck then swerved back into traffic and hit a school bus before finally coming to a stop.
Officer Nash was among the first responding officers at the scene and was confronted by suspect Sayfullo Saipov running through traffic brandishing what appeared to be two firearms.
He was also shouting ‘Allahu Akbar!’, Arabic for ‘God is great!’
Officer Nash fired a number of shots, it is believed, hitting Saipov in the stomach.
He was then handcuffed and taken to hospital where he is expected to survive.
“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,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said at a press conference.
Saipov left handwritten notes in Arabic pledging allegiance to ISIS in the truck, according to reports.
There was also an image of the black flag claimed by the terror group.
No victims have been identified but a Belgian and several Argentineans are among them, according to foreign leders.