Chicago cop stabbed in face, suspect killed

The officer was in serious condition after suffering stab wounds from a butcher knife, the suspect was fatally shot by police

By Peter Nickeas
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Chicago police officers shot and killed a man after he stabbed a sergeant in the face in the Rosemoor neighborhood, authorities said.

The sergeant, 46, suffered a puncture wound above the temple and lacerations to face, authorities said. He was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center. Police said his wounds were not life-threatening.

The sergeant and two officers had responded to the home in the 200 block of East 107th Street around 10:25 p.m. Tuesday after a woman called police and said her son had a knife, according to Patrick Camden, spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police.

The three officers forced their way into the home after hearing a woman scream and the sergeant, who was first to enter, was stabbed several times in the face, authorities said. The other officers pulled the sergeant back outside and the suspect barricaded himself in the home, Camden said.

After calling for an ambulance, the two officers re-entered the home and found the suspect downstairs near a furnace. Camden said the man charged at them with the knife and the officers shot him. He was dead at the scene.

The woman suffered puncture wounds to her leg and was treated at Roseland Hospital. Her son, 40, was pronounced dead at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.

A statement from Chicago police said the man was wielding two knives and refused commands to drop them before he lunged toward the officers.

The statement identified the sergeant as a 19-year veteran assigned to the Calumet Police District on the Far South Side.  Police and Camden said the officers and the sergeant were tactical officers in plainclothes.

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