07/05/2012

NY cop sliced in eye kills attacker

An MTA officer fatally shot a man before he could strike again

By Jennifer Fermino, Reuven Fenton and Lorena Mongelli
The New York Post

NEW YORK — An MTA cop who survived two wars as a Navy officer was stabbed in the eye by a police-hating lunatic at an LIRR station — but the bleeding officer managed to shoot his attacker dead before the man could strike again.

"He's a real hero," MTA chief Joe Lhota said of Officer John Barnett, who has also served with the NYPD.

"He told me, 'Hey, I survived Iraq. I survived Afghanistan. I will survive this,' " Lhota said as Barnett headed to surgery at Jamaica Hospital.

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