Suspect stabs female Phoenix police officer in hand, injures others

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Arturo Reyes Garcia. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Arturo Reyes Garcia. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
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Phoenix police say a female officer was stabbed in the hand during a scuffle in north Phoenix Saturday night. Another officer was also injured, along with two nurses at a nearby care facility.

It happened near 38th Street and Bell shortly after 8 p.m.

Officers originally responded to a "cutting" call in the area.

The two victims who called 911 are nurses at a care facility. They told police that the suspect, identified as Arturo Reyes Garcia, 37, had forced his way into the facility and was armed with a screwdriver. Garcia, who was in a wheelchair, was shouting and threatening the staff with the screwdriver.

[Mug shot: Arturo Reyes Garcia]

The nurses tried to calm the suspect but were not successful. The suspect then attacked both victims with the screw driver. Their injuries were puncture wounds to their hands and wrists.

Garcia then left the facility and wound up near a gas station a short distance away, police said.

According to Sgt. Mercedes Fortune from the Phoenix Police Department, when officers arrived at the scene, Garcia was being "very aggressive."

When officers tried to take him into custody, Fortune says the suspect, who was still armed with a screwdriver, threatened the officers with it.

 A Taser was used in an attempt to gain Garcia's compliance.

The Taser was not effective, and officers went "hands on" with Garcia, said Fortune.

During the altercation, Garcia refused to drop the screwdriver and attacked the female officer as they attempted to place handcuffs on him, according to Fortune.

The second officer was also injured during the altercation, but his injuries were not caused by the screwdriver. 

Additional officers responded and Garcia was taken into custody.

The female officer was transported to the hospital with a serious but non-life-threatening injury. 

The two nurses were also transported to the hospital for treatment.

Garcia was booked into jail on two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and two counts of aggravated assault on medical staff.

All the victims have been treated and released.

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