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Freeway Jumper Stabs CHP Officer During Rescue

October 29, 2012  | 

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A California Highway Patrol officer was stabbed multiple times while he attempted to pull a suicidal man from a highway overpass in Riverside.

The officer, who has not been identified, responded to the incident shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday. Javier Hernandez Ruiz, 45, had climbed over the fence at the La Sierra Avenue exit.

As the officer attempted to pull Ruiz down by the legs, Ruiz began repeatedly stabbing the officer in the eye, face, and back. A second officer shot Ruiz with a less-lethal projectile. Ruiz was then taken into custody.

The officer was hospitalized and is expected to survive. Authorities were unclear if the officer would recover from the eye injury, reports the Riverside Press-Enterprise.


Comments (8)

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michael @ 10/29/2012 6:48 PM

Good Job, I hope you have a speedy recovery and complete return to duty.

Jim A @ 10/29/2012 9:00 PM

Excellent job, guys. I am not sure that I would have had such control and I would not have blamed you if you had not used less-lethal to stop him.

Heal quickly, partner. We need guys like you!

Jim A

John @ 10/29/2012 11:37 PM

If traffic was light, maybe the officer should have pushed the s.o.b. to the freeway below.

dave lain @ 10/30/2012 7:24 AM

Not sure I agree with a less-lethal "projective" (sic) (projectile?) for a knife attack. I hate armchair quarterbacks, but I would have called deadly force completely appropriate. Backup did get the job done though, so my respect and applause go to both officers.

Ken @ 10/30/2012 9:41 AM

I have never understood why departments want to put the lives of their officers in jeopardy to try and save a jumper. These people want to kill themselves anyway, and if they can't be rescued without danger, them just let them jump. Saves a lot of time and money.

TERRY F. ZECH @ 10/30/2012 10:41 AM

Good job officer. Glad you had a partner there to back you up. Hope your injuries are superficial. Good luck

Pup @ 10/30/2012 11:16 AM

It sucks to second guess a fellow officer. However, reading this article, I don't understand why the officer had to go hands on with a jumper. Let CNT do their job. Why risk getting yourself hurt or killed over a suicidal person?
As for the back up officer, when a suspect uses a knife to injure or kill a fellow officer or person, you have the right to use lethal force. This wasn't an incident to use less-lethal force to stop the suspect.
The suspect should not be alive today. I'm sorry, but the officer should have used his duty weapon to end the incident. My opinion.
Get well soon.

bob @ 10/30/2012 12:19 PM

Could it be that the second officer did what he needed to do and any additional force would have put the first officer in more danger? I was not there, than you weren't there were you.

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