A veteran New York police officer was repeatedly stabbed in the face by a man while responding to a domestic incident, saved from further injury when a fellow cop shot the suspect, authorities said.
Suffolk County police responded to a 911 call of a person acting irrationally and armed with knives at an Oakland Avenue home in Central Islip, Long Island, at about 1:20 p.m. Saturday, cops said.
The emergency service officers were met by a blade-wielding man, identified by police as 40-year-old Mark Caraway, who attacked an unnamed officer, stabbing him multiple times in the face and nearly severing his nose, officials said.
Another officer fired one shot at Caraway to stop the attack, hitting him once in the abdomen, police said.
The officer, a 20-year veteran of the Suffolk County police force who has been a member of the Emergency Service Selection for 12 years, was taken to Stony Brook Hospital.
He underwent four hours of surgery for his injuries and was released Sunday.
Caraway was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore in critical condition, where he remained Monday.
No charges have been filed against him.
Neighbors who live on the suburban block were shocked by the incident, saying those seen coming and going from the home usually kept to themselves and are quiet.
“I couldn’t believe it. I just couldn’t believe it. It’s crazy,” Robert Carbonaro, who has lived next door to the home for 17 years, told InsideEdition.com. “There were so many cops around; I could barely pull in my driveway when I got home that night.”
Carbonaro questioned what would lead a person to apparently lash out like that, especially at law enforcement.
“You do that to a cop? What do you expect to happen? He’s lucky to be alive,” he said. “They had an order of protection [against Caraway] at that house. He shouldn’t have even been there.”
Caraway was arrested on July 27 in a domestic violence incident, court records show. He was released on his own recognizance and a temporary order of protection was issued in the case.
He was due back in court August 22.