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NYPD Cop Stabbed In Brain Lucky to Survive

April 18, 2012  | 

Photo: NYPD
Photo: NYPD

A New York City police officer's doctor said the officer was "as lucky as you can get," after he was stabbed by a mental patient in the brain and survived.

Officer Eder Loor was stabbed in East Harlem on Tuesday as he and his partner attempted to take emotionally disturbed Terrence Hale to a hospital.

The 3 1/2-inch blade of the wood-handled knife plunged through Loor's skull near his left temple, passed directly behind his eye and barely missed opening an artery that would have killed him, neurosurgeon Dr. Joshua Bederson told the New York Daily News.

CBS News has the video of the doctor's press conference here.

Tags: NYPD, Trauma Care, Mentally Ill Subjects


Comments (6)

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Jim @ 4/19/2012 8:33 PM

God Bless this Officer and help him completely heal from his injuries, both physical and mental. That has to be a terrifying moment in anyone's life. My prayers will continue to go out to him and his family.

Rick Aztlan, CPD (Retired @ 4/20/2012 5:03 AM

This should be mandatory reading for all of those morons who think that shere is a "ten feet rule" or belief that using a firearm against an edged weapon is excessive force.

Rod Gregg, GPF Retired @ 4/20/2012 6:01 AM

Ten foot rule?? I was taught it was a "21 foot Rule". Which can be closed awfully fast. No officer "wants" to kill someone, but he of she had better belief that going home at night is of paramount importance. He was obviously being watched over... Bless all oficers.

Juan 10-13 @ 4/20/2012 8:51 AM

twenty feet plus......whenever you can! Thank God he spared another brother! Our prayers go out to his family and his full recovery.

TBOW426 @ 4/20/2012 10:38 AM

My understanding is that NYPD street cops are not allowed to have Tasers. Think that might have prevented this? I almost can guarantee both cops were thinking "if I shoot this guy the media will crucify me for shooting a poor harmless mental case" even though he has a deadly weapon.

EZ @ 4/23/2012 6:34 AM

Did the mental patient have the knife in hand...and they went hands-on? I don't know the details.

Or was this a common "take the crazy guy/gal into custody and deliver to the psych hospital" and the BG pulled and knife?

Either way, Taser is the best option.

"Hands out of your pockets and comply or you will be Taser'd" How many times have we all heard and used this to great effect?

NYPD is behind the times.

Glad the officer survived but a hell of an experience....

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