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Phoenix police officer in stable condition after being stabbed

The scene of the stabbing is shown. (Phoenix Police Department Photo)

PHOENIX — A Phoenix police officer was in stable condition Tuesday after being stabbed.

A spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department said the officer was stabbed near 17th Avenue and Van Buren Street, just west of downtown Phoenix.

“We don’t know if the officer’s guard was down at that point,” Sgt. Alan Pfohl said.

Antonio Francois Spina II, 34, was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault on a police officer, among other charges.

Pfohl said officers were called to a Circle K gas station because of someone acting suspicious. When they arrived, a different person told them about the suspect, who was acting strange and standing near a van.

The officers found the vehicle was allegedly stolen and placed Spina in handcuffs in the back of a patrol vehicle. However, a struggle ensued shortly after and Spina was able to get a knife.

During the scuffle, police said he stabbed an officer, an 11-year veteran for the force, in the back of the leg.

Both officers involved were hospitalized. The second officer, a 22-year force veteran, sustained abrasions on his forehead.

The suspect was not harmed.

Pfohl said he did not believe there was body camera footage of the incident.

KTAR’s Kathy Cline and Corbin Carson contributed to this report.

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