David Baril charged in hammer attacks after police-involved shooting

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NEW YORK (PIX11) - The man suspected of terrorizing New Yorkers with a hammer has been charged, one day after he allegedly attacked an officer and was shot by police.

David Baril, 30, faces seven counts of felony assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon.

Baril, who has a history of paranoia and schizophrenia, struck officer Lauren O'Rourke with a hammer after police trailed him to the intersection of 37th Street and 8th Avenue Wednesday, according to officials.   A second officer, Geraldo Casaigne, shot Baril twice, critically injuring him.  Baril is in critical but stable condition at Bellevue Hospital.

Officers O'Rourke and Casaigne were treated and released.

Police were looking for him in connection with four attacks in Manhattan after matching surveillance images to Baril using facial-recognition software.


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