2003-11-27 / Front Page

Hero Cop Saves Nurse From Scissors-Wielding Attacker

By Charles Rogers
Hero Cop Saves Nurse From Scissors-Wielding Attacker By Charles Rogers

By Charles Rogers

Police Officer Nigel Paul stands by his patrol car at 69th Precinct. Last week he talked an emotionally disturbed man into releasing a nurse he was holding hostage. 				             Charles RogersPolice Officer Nigel Paul stands by his patrol car at 69th Precinct. Last week he talked an emotionally disturbed man into releasing a nurse he was holding hostage. Charles Rogers

With his gun drawn, a hero 69th Precinct patrol officer last week talked an emotionally disturbed man into releasing a nurse he held hostage with a knife to her throat at Long Island College Hospital.

Police Officer Nigel Paul, who was accompanying a prisoner who was being examined in the seventh floor Nuclear Medical Section of the hospital on Wednesday afternoon, Novem-ber 19, said he heard a commotion down the hall and saw a man identified later as Abdul-Rasheem Muhammed, 43, pull a nurse from the nurse station and "toss her to the floor." He said Muhammed grabbed a pair of surgical scissors and put them to the nurse’s throat.

The officer saw that his prisoner was secured and then sprang into action, drawing his weapon and confronting the deranged man, who, he said, continued to yell. "I’m going to kill you!" at the nurse and others in the area who were frozen in their places.

While aiming his gun at the disturbed man, who was slowly backing up into a hallway, the officer said he also tried to calm him down.

"I was afraid he would hurt the nurse badly, so I tried to remain calm myself," he said.

The knife-wielding man eventually backed into a room at the end of the hall and, after a few minutes, the officer talked Muhammed into releasing the nurse.

Paul pushed the door closed. Since it had a window, the officer aimed his gun at the man, told him to drop the scissors, and held him in the room until help from the local 76th Precinct arrived.

"I was never so happy to see anyone in my life," Paul said. "Those officers took over very professionally." He said the nurse was shaken, but unhurt.

Captain Brian White, executive officer of the 69th Precinct, said papers are now being prepared to officially commend Officer Paul.

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