MIAMI (AP) — The Miami-Dade Police officer who was stabbed multiple times with a knife and screwdriver remains in stable condition in the hospital.
Police said in a statement Thursday that 54-year-old Mario Gutierrez had undergone surgery and was upgraded from serious to stable condition. He's been with the agency for more than 20 years.
Police say Gutierrez was on duty Wednesday night when he saw an unidentified man setting fire to newspapers while trying to ignite a gas station through its underground gasoline valve access port. Gutierrez activated the station's emergency shut-off button and approached the man.
Police say the suspect became violent and stabbed Gutierrez multiple times until the officer fired his gun, killing the suspect. Police also found box cutters on him along with the knife and large screwdriver.