A newly deployed Anchorage, AK, police officer was severely wounded in a fight early Wednesday with a knife-wielding man who also stabbed a woman before he was taken into custody, police said.
The Anchorage Police Department said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that Armando Antonio Walker, 27, will face one count each of attempted murder and first-degree assault in the altercation at a Carrs grocery store. He was initially taken into custody on previous charges of assault and criminal mischief stemming from a Jan. 24 assault against the same woman.
Both the woman and the police officer are expected to survive their injuries, police said.
APD Chief Chris Tolley declined to identify the injured officer by name at a press conference early Wednesday but said he was a December graduate of the most recent police academy.
"I went to the hospital and spoke with the officer, and he looked like he had been mauled by a bear," Tolley told the Anchorage Daily News. "There were several cuts on his hands and he had a puncture wound on his side."