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Man Starts Stabbing Alabama Officer, Bystander Jumps In To Help Detain Suspect

Phenix, AL – An Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) special agent who was stabbed multiple times at a gas station on Monday still managed to capture his attacker with the help of a good Samaritan, according to police.

The incident occurred at a combination McDonald’s restaurant and Liberty gas station located at 3915 U.S. Highway 80 at approximately 12 p.m. on April 4, WTVM reported.

ALEA Special Agent Don Carter was on-duty when he was violently attacked and repeatedly stabbed, according to investigators.

Police have not released details about the series of events leading up to the stabbing, WTVM reported.

Despite his injuries, Agent Carter was able to apprehend his attacker with the help of a good Samaritan who came to his aid, the ALEA said in a press release, according to WJTV.

The suspect’s identity was not immediately released.

Agent Carter was rushed to a local hospital, where doctors determined his injures were non-life threatening, WTVM reported.

ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor released a statement praising the injured special agent and thanking the citizen who heroically jumped into the fray to help him when he needed it.

“SA Carter is a true professional and dedicated public servant, even while injured, he was able to courageously apprehend the subject while simultaneously ensuring the safety of the public,” Taylor said, according to WTVM. “His valor, resolve and brave actions will continue to provide us all with an example of true heroism as we pray for a speedy recovery.”

“Additionally, I would like to personally thank the good Samaritan who swiftly and bravely reacted to assist SA Carter, as well as the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, fellow ALEA personnel and other first responders who quickly responded to the scene to assist one of our own in a dire time of need,” the ALEA secretary said.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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