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Police Officer Stabbed, Suspect Shot In Passaic, N.J.

Passaic Officer Stabbed

A police officer was stabbed Monday night at this public housing building in Passaic, N.J. The assailant was then shot by officers. (Credit: CBS 2)

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PASSAIC, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A police officer was reportedly stabbed Monday night in Passaic, N.J., by a suspect, who was later shot by officers.

The incident happened in the lobby of the public housing building 14 E. Monroe St. in Passaic around 9 p.m. Monday, police said.

Mayor Alex Blanco said police were called after a mentally disturbed resident of the complex for seniors and people with disabilities started running around threatening people, CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported.

When two officers arrived, the 26-year-old man surprised them and stabbed an officer in his right shoulder, Blanco said.

Both responding officers opened fire and shot the suspect, who was reported in critical condition at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Paterson, Blanco said.

The officer was also at St. Joseph’s, Blanco said.

“We don’t know yet the status of the perpetrator, but we know that our police officer is stable,” Blanco said. “He had sustained a shoulder injury, but he’s stable.”

The suspect, who is described as bipolar, has had previous run-ins with police for violent incidents, Blanco said.

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