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Alaska Cop Stabbed During Pat-Down

June 19, 2012  | 

Two Anchorage (Alaska) PD police officers disarmed a suspect who attacked them with a knife during a pat-down search and took the man into custody, reports the Alaska Dispatch.

Officers Keo Fujimoto and Nathan Keays responded to a disturbance call in Midtown early Monday and located 47-year-old Edward Thompson. The officers began a pat-down search and Thompson spun around and drew a knife.

Thompson stabbed Officer Fujimoto in the leg and sliced Officer Keays' vest. Officer Fujimoto struck Thompson's hand with his baton, ending the struggle.

Comments (7)

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smpefi @ 6/19/2012 5:57 PM

I'm sorry ladies and gentlemen. I don't know how it is up in Alaska, but the proper law enforcement response to a deadly force attack is with deadly force, and you can take that to the bank!

[email protected] @ 6/19/2012 8:14 PM

Good job Officers. Hope Officer Fujimoto was not seriously injured and will be back on the line soon. Both Officers responded quickly and smartly to a bad turn of events. I don't know but I can guess there were other civilians around and bringing a sidearm into play would have been risky.

MGC @ 6/20/2012 4:19 AM

Very nice job officers.

Dan B. @ 6/20/2012 6:24 AM

To smpefi, Just because you can, doesn't mean you should!! Chalk this up for the good guys.

MB @ 6/20/2012 9:25 AM

Nice job guys! I'm thinking since you guys were there, and no one else was, that your judgement in to what level of force was used was correct; especially considering that you came out on top. And it sounds like you chose to save a life rather than take one. Fantastic police work.

Gotta love "Monday Morning Quarterbacks!" They will always be out there willing to give their negative input.

Be safe brothers and sisters!

DB @ 6/20/2012 12:00 PM

Although Smpefi is a little pre-judgmental - I too look at this with a "wondering" eye. This concept of not "second guessing" in law enforcement is paramount to our continued mistakes. At the very least, take this incident and place it in a hypothetical light so as not to point directly to these officers and this particular situation. But hypothetically, what might we learn. Two officers / pat down situation / deadly force threat / both officers injured by weapon. So - are there defensive tactics / control hold issues? Was the contact / cover appropriately applied? Going to baton in a deadly force situation is against all usual training methodologies, so why did it happen? Finally, if interviewed about the event, would the officers risk there lives to use the same tools and tactics in a similar future incident. The term "second guessing" is negative and ensures any discussion of tactics in a use of force incident will not be questioned by other officers - therefore no learning occurs. Although smpefi's presentation is flawed, the concept is sound. These are good discussion points that we can learn from.

TDB @ 6/21/2012 9:47 AM

Just a guess but figure the cop had his gun hand full at the time and used the next available weapon. I carry my gun on one side and baton with taser on other side

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