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Video: Texas Officer Stabbed 14 Times, May Lose Arm

April 30, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Texas Officer Stabbed 14 Times, May Lose Arm

Prosecutors said a 24-year-old police woman was stabbed a total of 14 times by a man who allegedly told investigators he was out to kill the police officer because "cops are oppressive."

Houston homicide investigators said Jeremiah M. Matthews, 23, tried to kill off-duty Houston Community College Officer April Pikes early Tuesday morning while she was working as a security guard at a Meyerland Walmart store, reports KPRC.

During a magistrate's hearing Tuesday night, prosecutors said, "The defendant gave a statement admitting he had the intent to attack a police officer and his desire to kill a police officer.”

According to witnesses, Matthews came into the store, tackled Pikes and began stabbing her with a hunting knife. But customers helped stop the brutal attack by tackling the man to the ground.

Officials said Pikes is expected to survive the brutal attack, but she may lose her right arm.

Matthews, who reportedly has a history of mental illness, is charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He could get up to 99 years in prison if convicted.


Comments (5)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 5/1/2015 12:15 AM

Death penalty.

Tanya Seymour @ 5/1/2015 2:35 AM

I thought Texas had the death penalty too... but because he has a history of mental illness, he can not be executed.

AZBIGDOG @ 5/1/2015 6:32 AM

Sorry, but as all past and present Officers know, killing or even attacking an officer is regarded by those not officers as being more of an inconvenience for the prosecutors and judges. And it appears juries consider being maimed or killed as what you get paid to do. Too bad there was not another officer present to give the justified round to the head to the poor misunderstood perpetrator.

kevCopAz @ 5/2/2015 5:13 AM

Just another reason people should think twice about all the criticism we LEOs get. This is a job like no other. There are other jobs where one risks their lives but few that one can lose their life in a directed lethal attack by a complete stranger for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with you, just who you represent. God be with the officer and may he help her through this ordeal. I hope that Texas justice is done and once thats over God will deal with this human animal.

Jon Retired LEO @ 5/6/2015 7:00 PM

Sounds like he was trying to copycat Charles Manson only he did the dirty deed himself.

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