CUMBERLAND, R.I. — A police officer in Cumberland, Rhode Island was reportedly stabbed during a violent altercation with a suspect Saturday night, according to the town’s mayor.
Mayor Jeff Mutter told WPRI 12 the incident happened on Mendon Road by the local high school.
The mayor said the officer fired his weapon at the attacker in response. Both the officer and suspect were transported to the hospital. Details of the wounds were unavailable, yet Mutter said he does not believe either has life-threatening injuries.
.@CumberlandMayor Jeff Mutter tells me he was briefed by police on the developing situation. Several police cars are parked in a lot next Cumberland High School near athletic fields.
— Anita Baffoni (@AnitaBaffoni) May 10, 2020
JUST IN: Cumberland’s mayor says he’s been briefed on an incident where an officer was reportedly stabbed. Shots were fired. Both that officer and alleged assailant were taken to the hospital. This is developing… https://t.co/iWm9QDGbki
— Kim Kalunian (@KimKalunian) May 10, 2020
Rhode Island State Police and the Attorney General’s office are assisting in the investigation, WPRI reported.
Neither the suspect nor the officer has been identified. It’s unclear what led to the altercation.