HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Nassau County police officer was recovering in the hospital after being stabbed in the stomach Sunday.

Hempstead police said he was responding to complaints of a mentally-disturbed man throwing rocks at cars.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reports

Police followed the 32-year-old suspect, Christopher Sargeant, to his Emery Street home. According to Nassau County Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lack, Sargeant got out of his car with a five inch folding knife .

“The officers ordered him to drop the knife at gunpoint. The subject very casually walked away from the officers and entered the home,” Lack told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.

Officers followed him inside and it wasn’t until after Sargeant was in custody that one of the cops realized he’d been slashed in the arm and stabbed in the abdomen.

“We do not believe he punctured any vital organs. The hospital staff has been incredible,” Lack said.

The officer is in the hospital in stable condition. Sargeant is also in the hospital, where his mental state being evaluated.

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