A Halifax Regional Police officer was rushed to hospital Friday night after being stabbed in the neck and forearm at Metro Turning Point on Barrington Street.
The male police officer had a bandage wrapped around his neck as he was taken away from the scene in an ambulance just after 8:30 p.m. He was conscious and speaking with other officers when he arrived at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre.
"As you can imagine, a stab wound to the neck produces a tremendous amount of bleeding," said Halifax Regional Police Const. Pierre Bourdages.
'It's always your worst nightmare that one of your fellow officers or yourself will be attacked.' - Const. Pierre Bourdages
Bourdages said the officer — a six-year veteran of the force and a constable in the patrol division — was treated for his injuries and is in stable condition and recovering in hospital with his family by his side.
The incident began just before 8:30 p.m. when two officers went to Metro Turning Point to arrest a 31-year-old man who was previously charged with assault with a weapon and had failed to appear in court. The suspect ran away when he noticed the officers and after a short chase, one of the officers caught up to him.
That's when the officer was stabbed in the neck and forearm with a knife, said Bourdages.
The suspect was shocked with a stun gun and taken into custody. A knife was recovered, said police.
"The other officer was not injured. He helped with the arrest of the man. As you can imagine, numerous other officers attended the scene and helped with containment," said Bourdages.
"The injured officer also assisted in the arrest, although he was seriously injured."
No charges have been laid. Bourdages said given the seriousness of the officer's injuries, the charge may be as serious as attempted murder.
"We work in a very stressful environment. It's always your worst nightmare that one of your fellow officers or yourself will be attacked and seriously injured. I know we had a lot amount of officers at the area very quickly once they heard the news," Bourdages said.
"We attempt to take care of each other."
Barrington Street was blocked off briefly as the ambulance left the scene. There was a heavy police presence in the area as officers cordoned off the building at 2170 Barrington St. with yellow tape.
Metro Turning Point residents could be seen standing outside on the steps and leaning out of windows to watch the commotion.