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The New York City police officer who was attacked with a meat cleaver by a disgruntled homeless person told Daily Mail UK, “I was just doing my job.”

“I saw what was happening, and I had to help my fellow officers and protect the public,” said Officer Brian O’Donnell. ‘That is what I am paid to do.”

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Officer O’Donnell suffered from a six-inch-long scar on the left side of his face, stretching from his forehead all the way down to his chin. The attacker, Akram Joudeh, 32, had been in a struggle with police colleagues before the incident took place.

Officer O’Donnell was discharged from Bellevue Hospital one day after the attack. He left the building surrounded by his family and dozens of New York police officers.

The police detective underwent an emergency surgery to repair the six-inch gash to his face. He said he didn’t think twice about confronting Joudeh, who had been chased after allegedly trying to prize a boot from his car a block away.

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Joudeh was shot by police on West 32 Street. Cops fired 18 shots, hitting Joudeh multiple times after he slashed detective Brian O’Donnell with the 11-inch cleaver. Joudeh is currently in the hospital.

Pictures show O’Donnell being wheeled out of the hospital in a wheelchair and being given a round of applause by his colleagues.

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