By Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - A Halifax Regional Police officer is expected to make a full recovery after being stabbed in the neck and forearm following an incident at Metro Turning Point men’s shelter on Friday night.
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Halifax Regional Police officers stand outside Metro Turning Point, an emergency homeless shelter, where a police officer was stabbed after trying to arrest a suspect in Halifax on Friday.
Just before 8:30 p.m., police say two officers went to the shelter to arrest a 31-year-old man wanted on a warrant.
Police say the suspect was standing outside the shelter and fled when he saw the two officers. A foot chase ensued and when one of the officers caught up to the suspect, police say he was stabbed in the forearm and neck with a knife.
The suspect was then Tasered and arrested by the other officer. Police say a knife was recovered on scene.
“It’s every officers worst nightmare … You just never know what’s around the corner,” said police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages. “We are glad the officers injures aren’t as serious as we first thought.”
Bourdages said the officer’s stab wounds produced a “tremendous amount of blood” and they were worried initially his injuries were life-threatenting.
The officer, a six-year veteran, was conscious and speaking when he arrived at hospital after being rushed there by paramedics. He was later released overnight.
Bourdages said an arrest warrant was issued for the suspect Friday morning after he failed to appear in court on charges of assault with a weapon. Bourdages said an officer had information the suspect may have been at Metro Turning Point, and went there with his partner to arrest him.
The 31-year-old man is due in Halifax provincial court on Monday charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and assaulting a police officer. He will be held in custody over the weekend.