Officials did not offer any information on Ahmad Khan Rahami’s possible motives.
The mayor of New York said the bombing that injured 29 people in the bustling Chelsea neighborhood was “an act of terror”.
Linden, New Jersey, police intervened on Rahami hours after authorities publicly identified him as the prime suspect in Saturday night’s blast and sent a warning to millions of cell phone users.
Authorities suspect Rahami, who lived in the nearby town of Elizabeth, was also behind a bomb that went off Saturday on the New Jersey coast, a device found near the New York blast, and up to six other devices found near the Elizabeth train station. on Sunday evening
The attacks and subsequent manhunt encouraged even greater security in America’s largest city, already on high alert for the rally of world leaders, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, to the United Nations in New York for the annual General Assembly.
Police responded to a bar owner’s complaint about a man sleeping at the facility’s closed entrance.
“The officer realized that this could be the person the FBI was looking for. The officer then said, ‘show me your hands,’ and the person walked over to his body and pulled out a gun and fired a shot at the officer, hitting him in the abdomen. Fortunately the officer was wearing his flak jacket, “Linden police captain James Sarnicki told reporters.
Rahami opened fire on police, officials said, wounding another officer with broken glass that hit his forehead.
Police returned fire, injuring Rahami in the arm and leg. Eyewitness video showed Rahami handcuffed to a stretcher, his wounds bandaged, before being taken to the hospital for surgery. His conditions are not considered life threatening.
The Union County Attorney’s Office has charged Rahami with five counts of attempted first-degree murder and two second-degree gun charges in connection with the shootings, spokesman Mark Spivey said.
Other charges are likely in federal court.
Rahami had not previously been identified as dangerous, but his family was known to police due to late night noise and crowd complaints at a family-friendly halal chicken restaurant in Elizabeth.
Investigators said they had not yet determined a reason for the attacks and that there was no indication that an extremist cell was operating in the area, William Sweeney of the New York division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation told a news conference.