Man swings ax at DC officer in attack

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WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia police are searching for a man they say swung a large ax at an officer in an unprovoked attack.

Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman, says the officer was sitting in a marked police car shortly after 3 a.m. Friday when a man swung the ax and shattered the driver's side window. The officer got out of the car and struggled with the attacker, who fled on foot. The officer was injured.

Alali says police aren't ruling out any potential motives. He says there's no apparent connection to last week's attack of a group of New York City police officers by a hatchet-wielding man. New York's police commissioner described that attack as an act of terrorism.

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