Tempe police officer, domestic violence victim in stable condition

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Officer Julie Werhnyak Officer Julie Werhnyak
Matthew Metz Matthew Metz
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A domestic violence victim and a police officer who was stabbed when she came to the victim's aid are in stable condition, according to the Tempe Police Department.

Officer Julie Werhnyak was among the officers who responded to a 911 call about a domestic dispute at an apartment near Scottsdale and Curry roads Tuesday afternoon.

Officers reportedly heard screams through the front door and made entry into the apartment, where a woman was bound and suffering from multiple traumatic injuries.

Police said 26-year-old Matthew Metz was holding the woman at knifepoint, and then attacked and stabbed Werhnyak after the officer came through the front door. Officers fired multiple rounds at Metz, and he later died at a hospital.

Werhnyak has been with the Tempe Police Department for 16 years and previously served as a police officer in Ohio. She is currently assigned to the patrol bureau, and has received multiple commendations and departmental team awards.

According to the department, Werhnyak is passionate about teaching and holds certifications in several areas of law enforcement. She also teaches Taekwondo and and self-defense.

"Thank you for all the well wishes, thoughts, prayers and support," Werhnyak said in a statement released Wednesday. "I am doing well but have a lot of recovery time in front of me. I am thankful and relieved the other victim in this case will survive her injuries and get an opportunity at a full recovery with me. I am also thankful for my fellow officers who did an amazing job yesterday."