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Two Phoenix officers injured after handcuffed suspect attacks with knife

Posted at 10:24 AM, Feb 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 13:59:32-05

Officials are investigating after a police officer was stabbed in the leg on Tuesday morning. 

According to Phoenix fire officials, the incident happened outside of a Circle K near 17th Avenue and Van Buren Street around 10 a.m.

ABC15 learned two officers were speaking with a neighbor as they were investigating reports of a "suspicious person."

The neighbor told ABC15 she kept seeing a man driving around the neighborhood and was concerned because there is a school and children in the area. As police were speaking with the woman, she alerted them about the man's presence once again. The woman told ABC15 the man was observed in the neighborhood driving around in his vehicle and was also seen out walking around over the span of at least two days. He was confronted by a neighbor who told ABC15 the man was "creeping." 

This prompted police to investigate the man who at the time was driving a vehicle that turned out to be a stolen car.

Police stopped the man, placed him in handcuffs and put him in the back of a patrol car. Once inside, the man lunged out of the vehicle as a rear door was left open, and stabbed an officer with a knife.

The officer who was stabbed is a 22-year veteran of the department. A second officer received abrasions to the head. That officer is an 11-year veteran of the department. 

Both officers were taken to a hospital in stable condition. 

This story is developing. Stay with ABC15 for updates.