Department officials said a “very nervous” man suspected of mental health breakdown stabbed a police officer in Missouri.
The unidentified officer was attacked on Wednesday when answering a medical call in downtown Kansas City, police Tell Kansas City Star.
The police found the man “in a very uneasy state” and believed that he had a mental health crisis and tried to calm him down, police spokesperson Sgt. Jacob Becchina told the newspaper.
The suspect then pulled out a knife from his pocket and stabbed the officer from his chest, Becchina said.
The police managed to keep the suspect armed until additional officers intervened and arrested him.
The officer, who was initially said to be in critical condition, was reported to be steadily listed late Wednesday.
The suspect now faces heavy assault charges, KCTV reports.
The incident was not about the protests of police brutality going on in downtown Kansas City, Becchina told the station.
“We were very curious, too,” he said. “Obviously, we are preparing for protests near the Plaza. We are awake and ready for all problems that arise throughout the city. “
Stabbing took place approximately 30 minutes before a planned demonstration by the Kansas City Police Department with local church leaders after George Floyd’s death on May 25 in Minneapolis. KSHB reports.
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