MTA officer stabbed – NBC New York - An MTA officer shot and killed a suspect who stabbed him in the eye at a Queens Long Island Rail Road station Wednesday morning, police said.
Officer John Barnett, 45, was stabbed on the sidewalk under the tracks at the Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue station in Jamaica while he was on patrol at about 9:30 a.m. The officer then shot the suspect, police said.
Both the officer and the suspect were taken to Jamaica Hospital, where the suspect was pronounced dead. Officials said he was shot three times — once in the jaw, chest and hips. He has been identified as 46-year-old Edjar Owens of the Bronx. Authorities said he has a lengthy criminal history.
Barnett, who has been with MTA police for more than 10 years, was conscious and talking before he was taken into surgery. His injuries are not considered life-threatening, according to the MTA.
Police sources say the suspect’s knife was recovered at the scene. The MTA said Wednesday was the first time Barnett fired his weapon.
Officials said the incident was unprovoked. Investigators are reviewing security tape from the train station. Train service was unaffected.
The investigation is ongoing.