Officer who halted truck rampage hailed as a modest hero

The area where the attack happened is just seven blocks from Ground Zero and is a stone's throw from City Hall

The pair raced outside and encountered Sayfullo Saipov, waving two weapons that were later revealed to be a paintball gun and a pellet gun.

Nash was at the high school where the girl was located when the call came in that someone drove a truck onto a crowded Manhattan bicycle path, the Daily News reported.

NY counter terrorism officers claimed Saipov was following ISIL instructions nearly "to a tee".

Nash fired a shot that hit Saipov.

When Saipov dropped to the pavement, a civilian - who had previously attempted to tackle the suspect as he was getting out of the rented truck - approached the wounded man, who was still clutching the two weapons. They showed great courage.

"While we mourn the awful loss of life and the injuries to innocent people we are proud of and grateful for the quick action of a team of police officers who responded to cries for help and took charge of a chaotic and risky situation".

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"What he did was fantastic, you know, helping to keep anybody else from being killed", said neighbor Dino Cortina.

By the time he reached the area, Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek national, had crashed into a school bus injuring two adults and two children, and fled on foot.

"It's wonderful. I'm so happy and proud and glad that he is fine and I hope to meet him and thank him".

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other civic leaders commended Nash for his cool head - and said he was a humble officer who felt like he was just doing his job. Saipov was then taken to Bellevue Hospital and remains in police custody. "He deserves the accolades of the people of this city, as do his partners". He is a native of Suffolk County on Long Island. Ryan Nash, 28, is a five-year veteran of the department and is assigned to the First Precinct, where he was one of the first officers to respond to the scene.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at the press conference, "There is no evidence at this point to suggest a wider plot, or a wider scheme".

"Here's the hero cop the world should be talking about", City Councilman Joe Borelli tweeted.

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