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NYPD officer injured by hatchet-wielding madman leaves hospital

Posted at 6:45 PM, Oct 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-29 18:46:34-04

QUEENS (PIX11) — The NYPD officer who was attacked and critically injured by a hatchet-wielding madman in Queens last week was released from the hospital Wednesday.

Kenneth Healey, 25, was met with applause from 200 fellow officers as he was wheeled out of Jamaica Hospital.

Healey was struck in the head with a hatchet swung by Zale Thompson, 32, after stopping to pose for a photo with a photographer on Jamaica Avenue.

Thompson also sliced the arm of another officer before being shot dead. A bystander was also injured by a stray bullet during the mayhem.

Police say Zale was “self-radicalized” and a loner, who had converted to Islam a few years ago and was also discharged from the military due to drug use.

Healey will continue his recovery at a rehab center, according to the Daily News.

“He’s thankful for everyone for being here to show respect and he knows that he has a long road ahead of him,” said PBA President Pat Lynch.