Photo was taken just moments before the attacker struck
Photo was taken just moments before the attacker struck

(The Blaze) Dominick Williams was walking along Jamaica Avenue in Queens, New York, last week when he saw four New York Police Department officers standing in a pose that he thought looked “pretty dope.”

The Motion View Pictures photographer asked the cops if he could take their picture and “reasonably I got the ok,” he wrote on Facebook. Williams began taking a few shots but within seconds found himself in the middle of a violent attack involving a hatchet and an attacker later identified as Zale Thompson, who was labeled by the police commissioner as a homegrown terrorist.

“[…] As I proceed to show the four officers the photos, a gentlemen charges from my left (with a hatchet) in turn would be the four officers right, I can say blind side,” Williams wrote in a Facebook post last Friday. “The officer on the far right end of the photo hollers, saying ‘watch out’. The first officer from the left takes instant precaution as the gentlemen with the hatchet takes his first swing with extreme force and misses.

The gentlemen with the hatchet presumes to the second officer from the left of the photo,” Williams continued. “The second officer a bit slow, dodges the second swing from the gentlemen with hatchet. The gentlemen makes his third attempt catching the second officer on the right of his head.

“The second officer is now down found wounded with a big gash on the right of his head. Shots are now fired (estimate of seven).”

Though he “scattered” at the sound of gun shots, Williams wrote that he came back to “capture more photos for an end result.”

urther removed from the incident, Williams told the New York Daily News this week that the whole scene “happened so fast.”

“But I was eager to capture the photos. I knew what it was about. I knew what these photos would mean. I was gonna leave, but I went back,” he told the News.

To the Huffington Post, Williams recalled some of the conversation during the chaos between officers:

As other officers called for backup, Williams said he could hear one of the cops saying “Holy [s**t], oh my god,” and another telling their wounded partner to stay calm.

“He was telling him ‘keep your head down, it’s going to be ok, everything’s going to be all right.’”

Williams was not immediately available to respond to TheBlaze’s request for comment.

In the end, 32-year-old Thompson was killed and a bystander was hit and treated for a bullet in the back. One officer was hospitalized with a head wound.

New York City police Commissioner William Bratton, after reviewing the hatchet attack on the rookie officers, said it was a terrorist act by a homegrown radical.

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[quote_box_center]After making a transaction on what was my current bill at the AT&T store located on Jamaica and 165th, I then begin to walk to Jamaica transit station.

I saw four officers grouped together against two closed doors stipulating “Stair K” in which I found it to be pretty dope.

In a likely manner I approach the four officers for consent to photograph them, reasonably I got the ok.

I now initially begin to have my camera ready. Took a test shot of a bus in motion seven o’clock from my view on the four officers.

I took a second shot capturing the four officers in about twelve feet in distance. I take another, my third shot, with eager to get a good close-up.

In concurrence, as I proceed to show the four officers the photos, a gentlemen charges from my left (with a hatchet) in turn would be the four officers right, I can say blind side.

The officer on the far right end of the photo hollers, saying “watch out”. The first officer from the left takes instant precaution as the gentlemen with the hatchet takes his first swing with extreme force and misses.

The gentlemen with the hatchet presumes to the second officer from the left of the photo. The second officer a bit slow, dodges the second swing from the gentlemen with hatchet. The gentlemen makes his third attempt catching the second officer on the right of his head.

The second officer is now down found wounded with a big gash on the right of his head. Shots are now fired (estimate of seven).

I scattered, going to my left, being frightened from the gun shots. Seconds later I go back to capture more photos for an end result…

God bless the lady who was shot in her back…

Authorities are still trying to identify the suspect and his motives.

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