A 20 year old Baltimore city resident is facing attempted murder charges after stabbing a Baltimore police officer who was responding to a domestic incident. According to authorities, the officer, who has dedicated over 15 years of his life to serving the people of Baltimore, received multiple stab wounds to the face and neck from James Goss, the assailant who was taken into custody.
In total, Goss is facing over 12 charges, including assault and attempted murder.
The police officer was immediately taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He is currently stable, police spokespeople stated, although his condition was described as serious. At this time, authorities declined to reveal the identity of the officer. They only mentioned that he was married and has a young daughter waiting for him at home.
On Saturday evening, the Baltimore police officer was responding to a domestic dispute call originating from the Varsity Apartments, which houses most of the students attending the University of Baltimore. The call had originated from a security guard who called in an argument between a man and a woman in an apartment on the second floor. He was immediately threatened after knocking on the door. The exact words of the assailant were: “Leave or I will cut you.”
At the time of the police officers’ arrival, the assailant had already left his domicile. The security guard attempted to warn the officers that the man was armed, but by that time it was already too late.
“What resulted was a brutal attack on our officer by a man hell-bent to kill him,” Interim Commissioner Ken Davis notes.
Luckily, the police officer survived despite receiving a multitude of wounds to the face, the neck and the upper torso. The community is outraged at the incident. Interim Commissioner Davis explains that no officer should consider such an incident acceptable and that protecting and serving the residents of Baltimore does not warrant such violence.
Allegedly, Goss and his female companion had started fighting over a set of keys.
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