Connecticut officer fighting for her life after being stabbed multiple times

PHOTO: Police investigate the scene after a police officer was stabbed in the neck in Hartford, Conn., May 17, 2018.PlayMario Boone/WTNH
WATCH 12-year police veteran in critical condition after neck stabbing

A Hartford, Connecticut, police officer is in surgery after suffering from stab wounds while responding to a call Thursday.

The officer was one of two who responded to a tenant-landlord dispute this morning, Hartford Chief of Police David Rosado said in a press conference. The initial call did not say that there were weapons at the scene.

As the officer was on the scene, "a struggle ensued and the suspect knocked the officer to the ground, grabbed a large ceramic kitchen knife, placed her in a choke hold and began stabbing the officer in the neck," the Hartford Police Department said in a press release.

The suspect stabbed the officer multiple times, Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley told ABC News. The officer was trying to handcuff the woman before she began to stab the officer.

PHOTO: Police investigate the scene after a police officer was stabbed in the neck in Hartford, Conn., May 17, 2018.Mario Boone/WTNH
Police investigate the scene after a police officer was stabbed in the neck in Hartford, Conn., May 17, 2018.

Two civilians who worked in the building were able to disarm the suspect, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said.

“I also have to thank two extraordinary civilians who were employees of the building in which this occurred who also played a critical role in disarming the suspect,” Bronin said.

Foley told ABC News the two civilians were maintenance workers who had heard the struggle.

The suspect, identified by police as Chevoughn Augustin, has been charged with attempted murder, assault on a police officiers and third-degree criminal mischief.

Officials are not releasing the identity of the officer, who remains in critical condition.

Connecticut and Massachusetts State Police are assisting in getting family to Hartford Hospital, Rosado said.

PHOTO: Police investigate the scene after a police officer was stabbed in the neck in Hartford, Conn., May 17, 2018.Mario Boone/WTNH
Police investigate the scene after a police officer was stabbed in the neck in Hartford, Conn., May 17, 2018.

The suspect is in police custody and the incident remains under investigation.

“It’s a large family. A tough day. We’ll get through it,” Rosado said. “We’ll get through it.”

PHOTO: Chevoughn Augustin is pictured in booking photos released by the Hartford, Conn. police on May 17, 2018.Hartford Police
Chevoughn Augustin is pictured in booking photos released by the Hartford, Conn. police on May 17, 2018.

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