"A uniformed police officer ... confronted the subject and shot him in the abdomen", O'Neill told reporters.
A law enforcement source told CNN that Nash, 28, was the NYPD officer who put a stop to Saipov's murderous rampage. He has been described as a "very active cop" with a record that includes more than 50 arrests. CBS reports that Nash was taken to the hospital for ringing ears but that he was otherwise unhurt.
Nash was on a routine call in Lower Manhattan, responding to an emotionally disturbed person, when alleged terrorist Sayfullo Saipov drove down a bike path on the West Side Highway, mowing down everyone in his path.
Officer Nash was on the scene minutes after the suspect allegedly slammed into multiple people riding on a Tribeca bike path located just a few blocks away from One World Trade Center. He then exited the vehicle while displaying imitation firearms before Nash shot and wounded him. It was then that Nash shot and apprehended him. "He thinks it's something that - why he joined the police department", said Police Commissioner James O'Neill.
"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", he said during a press conference yesterday. Saipov was in critical condition but expected to survive. Police say Saipov is responsible for the attack, but he has yet to be charged. Wednesday morning, police found a note in the truck in which Saipov pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, which authorities stated was written in Arabic and proclaimed the immortality of the terrorist group.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said he had spoken to Nash since the attack, praised the officer for his bravery and humility. "And a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them".
NY counter terrorism officers claimed Saipov was following ISIL instructions nearly "to a tee".