Babcock Ranch, FL – A Charlotte County sheriff’s deputy was stabbed six times by a 14-year-old suspect while out on patrol early Thursday morning.
The deputy was patrolling the Babcock Ranch area at approximately 2 a.m. on Oct. 6 amid a State of Emergency due to Hurricane Ian, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) said in a press release later that day.
Despite a curfew being in place in the wake of the storm, the deputy noticed a teen out riding a bicycle around The Lake House Kitchen and Grill.
“The juvenile stated he was fishing in the area, yet had no fishing equipment in his possession,” the CCSO noted.
The 14-year-old suspect attempted to walk away at some point during the interaction, then suddenly spun around and attacked the deputy, hitting him on the top of his head and “causing injury and substantial bleeding,” according to the sheriff’s office.
During the ensuing physical altercation, the teen “stabbed the deputy behind the ear with a pocket knife,” plunging the blade into the him six times before the deputy was able to subdue him with a Taser, the CCSO said.
The deputy, who tried to radio for back-up during the brawl, had his attacker in custody by the time additional units arrived at the scene.
The wounded hero was flown to a local hospital for treatment and has since been released to continue his recovery at home.
“Please pray for him, his family, and all members of CCSO and our great community,” the CCSO said in a Facebook post.
The 14-year-old suspect allegedly confessed he intended to break into closed restaurants that night, according to the CCSO.
Investigators said he was wearing gloves and that he also had a hammer inside the backpack he was carrying.
It is unclear what specific charges the teen is facing.