Crime

Man With Meat Cleaver Fights With Parking Boot Just Before Attacking Cops

A man who became enraged when he found a boot on his car near Penn Station on Thursday attacked cops with a meat cleaver — seriously wounding one — before officers shot him in a flurry of 18 bullets, police said.

Akram Joudeh, who was living in the car, struck Detective Brian O’Donnell with the 11-inch blade, leaving a gash from his temple to his throat, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. Joudeh, 32, who has numerous arrests, was left splayed out in a pool of blood on West 32nd Street near Broadway.

He had flown into a rage after discovering the clamp — used to immobilize a car found with an excess of outstanding tickets — fitted on a wheel of his white Nissan Altima, which was parked on West 30th Street and Broadway.

He tried to bash the boot off his tire with a hammer. “I saw him trying to break the boot,” said Tusar Paul, 24, who works across the street. “He was doing it for about an hour. He was using a hammer. Other people were telling him to stop, that’s illegal.”

When officers tried to talk to him, around 5 p.m., Joudeh pulled the cleaver from his waistband and started swinging, law enforcement sources said. He then ran toward Seventh Avenue. “You have a character running down the street waving a meat cleaver,” Bratton said.

When he refused to drop the implement, a sergeant stunned him with a Taser, but Joudeh continued running west, police said. Near Seventh Avenue, Joudeh climbed onto an NYPD squad car but was tackled by O’Donnell, who sustained a 6-inch gash during the mayhem, police said.

O’Donnell — who busted “Sopranos” star Robert Iler for carrying a pot pipe in 2002 — was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he underwent surgery Thursday evening. He was off duty at the time of the incident.

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