03/30/2009

Off duty Pa. officer stabs suspect who attacked him with handcuffs

By Moriah Balingit
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PITTSBURGH — A routine arrest at the Downtown Burlington Coat Factory erupted into a bloody confrontation between an off-duty city police officer working as a security guard and a suspected shoplifter yesterday afternoon that ended when the officer stabbed the suspect with a knife pulled from his utility belt.

"It became a tense situation until the officer became involved in a fight for his life," said Sgt. James Vogel of Zone 2. "It's one of the most serious situations our officers can face."

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