MIDTOWN — A mentally unstable man wielding two metal poles begged a police officer to shoot him moments after slashing two bystanders, according to police.
"Shoot me, shoot me," Timothy Manning, 47, yelled before throwing one of the metal poles at Officer Brian McAllister who managed to ducked out of the way, police said.
The incident unfolded on Sunday night, just after 10:00 p.m. near the intersection of 56th Street and Sixth Avenue, police said.
Manning, who is homeless, ran north on Sixth Avenue with the metal poles in his hands and slashed a 63-year-old man twice on the face, police said.
"It was matter of three seconds," said the attacker's first victim, who worked nearby the scene and asked not to be named. "Suddenly, boom!... I saw two long metal bars."
Moments later, Manning struck another man near his left eye a block north of the first attack, then ran off, according to police.
Officer McAllister caught up with Manning near the fountain near the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street where the man threw the pole at him, police said.
The officer dodged the oncoming metal pole, then managed to convince Manning to drop his other weapon and put his hands behind his back to be arrested.
Manning was taken to Bellevue Hospital and had not yet been arraigned as of Monday afternoon, according to police and prosecutors.
A day after the assault, the man's first victim said his injuries were not serious and was safely recovering.
"Those people are supposed to be in the hospital," he said. "They're not supposed to be on the streets."