District Attorney Vance Announces Guilty Verdict in Trial of Man Who Stabbed NYPD Officer in Head in 2012

April 22, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the trial conviction of TERRANCE HALE, 29, for stabbing New York City Police Officer Eder Loor in the head with a knife. The defendant was found guilty by a jury in New York State Supreme Court of Assault in the First Degree, Aggravated Assault Upon a Police Officer, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree. HALE is expected to be sentenced on May 4, 2015.

“The bravery exhibited by Officer Loor, who has since been promoted to Detective, his partner, and every member of the NYPD who puts his or her life on the line each day should never be taken for granted,” said District Attorney Vance. “Police officers deserve our respect and support, and no officer or their family members should have to experience this type of horror again. Ensuring that officers have as much information as possible at their fingertips when they respond to 911 calls is one of the key reasons my Office funded the NYPD Mobility Initiative last fall using forfeiture dollars. Police officers need to be armed with real-time data to better protect themselves and all New Yorkers.” 

As proven at trial, at approximately 10:30 a.m. on April 17, 2012, Officer Loor and another police officer responded to a 911 call made by HALE’s mother from the apartment she shared in East Harlem with her son. The defendant’s mother told the 911 operator that her son required medical attention. Before EMTs arrived, HALE left the apartment, and the arriving officers followed him down the street. HALE then stabbed Officer Loor in the head with a knife, fracturing his skull and injuring his brain. 

Assistant District Attorneys Linda Ford, Senior Trial Counsel, and Evan Glaberson handled the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Warren Murray, Chief of Trial Bureau 50, and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Investigative Analysts Evelyn Vargas and Garrett Baldwin assisted with the case. 

District Attorney Vance thanked members of the NYPD’s 23rd Precinct for their assistance with the case.

Defendant Information:

TERRANCE HALE, D.O.B. 2/25/1986 
New York, N.Y. 


  • Assault in the First Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Aggravated Assault Upon a Police Officer, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 1 count