K-9 stabbed, New Jersey trooper injured while trying to arrest man with knife after chase

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021
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MOUNT LAUREL, New Jersey (WABC) -- A New Jersey State Police trooper and a State Police K-9 were both injured while attempting to arrest a man with a knife following a chase on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The incident started around 2:15 p.m. when troopers received a report of a shirtless man armed with a knife standing outside of his vehicle on I-295 in the area of exit 28 in Bellmawr Borough.

Police say a chased ensued from I-295 onto Rt. 73 and ultimately onto the NJ Turnpike where the suspect's vehicle became disabled near Exit 4 in Mount Laurel.

Police say troopers used a State Police K-9 to help catch the suspect who refused to exit his vehicle.

That's when the suspect stabbed the dog and later assaulted a trooper with a flashlight before his arrest, police said.

The K-9 was taken to an animal hospital and was last listed as stable while the trooper did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

The suspect has not been identified at this time.

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