ALBANY, NY (WRGB) — Albany Police are investigating after an officer was stabbed and a suspect shot.
Albany Police say at around 11:30 AM, officers responded to a home on Franklin Street for reported domestic call.
Once officers arrived they discovered a male suspect had outstanding warrant for criminal obstruction of breathing at another location with another woman.
While attempting to take suspect in custody, he got a knife out of his pocket and stabbed officer, causing significant loss of blood.
After being shot, the suspect swung wildly with the knife barely missing the officers head
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According to police both are in stable condition.
Even after being shot, the suspect again swung wildly at the officer’s head area with a knife, narrowly missing the officer’s head. The officer who fired the shot, then held the suspect at gunpoint and de-escalated the situation until the knife could be removed from the suspects hand."
Chief Hawkins says he will release officer worn body video in the next couple of days.
This suspect is a 54-year-old man known to police. He has over 15 Felony arrests, and has been convicted on several. He was released from NYS parole last year.
Hawkins says four entities will investigate today’s incident , including the State Attorney General's Office and the Albany Community Police Board.
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has released the following statement regarding the slashing of an Albany Police Officer and use of force incident that occurred Monday morning on Green Street.
“I have been briefed by Chief Hawkins regarding the slashing of an Albany Police Officer and use of force incident that took place this morning.
I commend the officers who responded to a domestic dispute call that escalated when the individual who was the subject of that call pulled out a knife and slashed one of our officers. After this attempted deadly attack, a second Albany Police Officer discharged his weapon, striking the assailant who continued to attempt to stab the first Police Officer. As the investigation into this incident continues, I echo Chief Hawkins’ commitment to transparency and cooperation with external agencies.
“Unfortunately, as we have been reminded over the last several months, any 911 call can put members of the Albany Police Department in life-or-death situations. The officers involved in this morning’s call showed tremendous restraint and resolve, even as one of their own suffered a serious and potentially life-threatening injury. I am grateful for the men and women of our Police Department and my thoughts are with the officers involved in this traumatic encounter.”