A Bloomington police officer sustained injuries Saturday, June 3, 2023 after a “transient” man tried to stab him, according to the Bloomington Police Department.
The officer was responding to a disturbance around 9 p.m. after a man was making threats to patrons outside Nick’s English Hut. When the officer arrived, and located the 47-year-old man, he told him he needed to talk with him. However, the man began to walk south on Grant, before falling down.
After the man fell down, the officer caught up with him, and told him to place his hands behind his back. But the man refused to comply and kicked the officer in the chest, according to BPD. The officer grabbed the man’s legs, and that’s when he saw the man wielding a 4-5 inch fixed blade knife, which he used to attempt to stab the police officer in the chest.
The officer was able to avoid being stabbed, and the man was arrested after his hand was taken to the ground, and the knife was dropped. Other members of the BPD assisted the officer, and secured the suspect in cuffs.
The 47-year-old man is facing charges of resisting law enforcement causing injury, a level 6 felony; and battery on a public official with a deadly weapon, a level 5 felony.
The officer suffered abrasions to their forearm, palm of their hands, and knees.