Hartford CT Police Officer Attacked Throat Cut

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  1. fla2760

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    I hope this savage gets some serious time.

    http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-br-hartford-officer-wounded-20180517-story.html

    Stabbing; Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder
    Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin

    Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin provides an update on a critically injured Hartford police officer.
    Christine Dempsey, Jenna Carlesso, Kathleen McWilliams, Sandra Gomez-Aceves and Josh KovnerContact Reporterscdempsey@courant.com

    A veteran city police officer was severely wounded Thursday when authorities said she was stabbed in the neck during a struggle with a woman involved in a dispute with her landlord of a downtown apartment building. Maintenance workers jumped in to the bloody fight and helped disarm the woman as police whisked the officer to the hospital through city streets within minutes of the incident.

    By Thursday night, the officer – who police did not identify – was in the intensive care unit after undergoing several hours of surgery. The suspect, Chevoughn Augustin, 39, was charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, assault on a police officer and third-degree criminal mischief, and was expected to appear Friday morning in Superior Court in Hartford.
    Chevoughn Augustin
    Chevoughn Augustin, 39, of 5 Constitution Plaza, apartment 903 was charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, assault on a police officer and third-degree criminal mischief. (Courtesy of Hartford Police Department)

    At 9:48 a.m., two officers were dispatched to Apt. 903 of the Spectra Boutique Apartments, 5 Constitution Plaza, following a call to police about a tenant-landlord dispute, police said. Police Chief David Rosado said there were “no indications of any weapons” in the initial police call.

    “There were two officers dispatched [to the dispute] and there were other cars rolling that way. She just happened to be the first one on scene. Remember, it’s a landlord-tenant dispute, no indications of any weapons so protocol was followed but we’ll look into that,” Rosario said. “There were multiple cars going, she just happened to be the first one there.”

    The officer tried to talk the person out of the apartment. And then the situation escalated.
    Hartford Crime Scene
    Kinsley Street is cordoned off after a police officer was stabbed in Spectra Boutique Apartments Thursday morning. The police have a suspect in custody. (Brad Horrigan / Hartford Courant)

    “Unfortunately, a struggle ensued,” Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said. He said Augustin knocked the officer to the ground, put her in a chokehold and stabbed her in the neck with a ceramic knife. He said the officer was stabbed in the jugular vein and trachea.

    Maintenance workers managed to pull the woman off the officer. Another officer inside the apartment, a trained emergency medical technician, aided the wounded officer as she was rushed to an ambulance.

    Dr. Kenneth Robinson of Hartford Hospital, thanked medics and police for getting the officer to the hospital so quickly — something police shut down city streets to do.

    Hartford Hospital is a Level 1 trauma center that can mobilize a team of surgeons “at a moment’s notice,” Robinson said in a press conference. The officer was taken immediately to the operating room for surgery. By 6:30 p.m., physicians said the officer was out of surgery.

    Housing court records show Augustin had been evicted because of numerous complaints about "disturbing" behavior but was waging a legal fight to remain in her ninth-floor apartment.

    Augustin was supposed to leave her apartment by April 24, but went to housing court in Hartford and filed a counter motion claiming she was being discriminated against because she is a Native American.

    Augustin has lived in apartment 903 since December 2017, records show.

    Attorneys for landlord SPC Master Tenant LLC alleged that Augustin “created numerous disturbances” for her neighbors that affected “their peaceful enjoyment of the premises” and rose to the level of an eviction.

    Those disturbances included wandering the hallways "aimlessly very late at night," sleeping in the common room couch, confronting other residents in a "hostile" way and ordering food to be delivered and then not going down to pick it up, leaving the delivery person at the door or others in the building to deal with it.

    The complaint also said she refused to meet with management to discuss her behavior and routinely accused staff of stealing her food.

    “The allegations cannot be substantiated. I am a long-standing member of this community,” Augustin wrote in her counter-complaint. “I have excellent personal and professional references. I would not want to throw those references away for the sake of losing housing.”

    Augustin said she is “facing fair housing discrimination for being a member of a several protected classes including being a Native American and being single.”

    Robert Chesson, a lawyer for the building owner, declined to comment on the eviction case.

    A trial is scheduled for June 4 in housing court.

    Augustin graduated from Hartford Public High School in 1997 and was heavily involved in school activities from debates to youth programs. She was a youth counselor at the Community Action Against Substance Abuse, or CAASA, a program that trains youths to teach other youths about substance abuse prevention.

    She also received the first ever Spirit Award by Citizens of Connecticut's Children and Youth Inc. in 1997 for her research on teen sexual behaviors and attitudes.

    Throughout the day Thursday at Hartford Hospital, local and state police streamed into the building. Multiple police cars and motorcycles were parked at the entrance.

    Officers waited outside talking in clusters and hugging. Many went into the hospital.

    The officer’s family members were escorted by Connecticut and Massachusetts State Police to the hospital. An escort with lights and sirens came down Hudson Street before arriving at Hartford Hospital’s main entrance, which had been cleared for their arrival.
    Hartford Police Chief David Rosado

    Hartford Police Chief David Rosado provides an update on the critically injured police officer.

    Rosado said the officer has been on the force for 12 years.

    “She’s very well-respected. She’s a great officer,” he said. “We pray for her recovery.”

    Foley said the officer is trained in crisis intervention, “for this exact kind of situation.”

    Sgt. John Szewczyk, president of the Hartford police union, said the officer is a well-regarded, hardworking member of the force.

    “She’s a good officer,” Szewczyk said. “She’s very well-liked and extremely respected in the community.

    “This goes to show the dangers of policing every day even on what many would think is a routine call. Every situation can turn dangerous.”
    Hartford Stabbing Scene
    Kinsley Street is cordoned off after a police officer was stabbed in Spectra Boutique Apartments Thursday morning. The police have a suspect in custody. (Brad Horrigan / Hartford Courant)

    Other police departments and politicians offered support.

    “Our prayers are with the HPD officer who was injured in the line of duty this morning,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy tweeted. “We are sending our best wishes to her for a speedy recovery.”

    “It’s a difficult day for Hartford Police and we’re in recovery mode,” Rosado said.

    Police publicly thanked the maintenance workers and credited them with saving the officer’s life.

    “To see a member of our community assist another officer means a lot to us,” Rosado said. “It’s a family taking care of a family. We’ll get through it by leaning on one another… this was a very violent incident.”

    Foley called the maintenance workers “heroic,” adding, “I don’t say that lightly.”

    “Their extraordinary and heroic work is the reason she is alive, and on behalf of the City of Hartford I want to express our deep appreciation to each and every one of them,” Mayor Luke Bronin said in a statement.

    Traffic around the hospital, particularly the patient dropoff and pickup areas, moved slowly and the scene of the stabbing was locked down.

    The Spectra Boutique Apartments opened in 2015 after a $24 million conversion of the long-vacant Sonesta Hotel. The project, partly financed with public funding, added 190 apartments to the downtown area, part of a push to add rentals to the center of the city. The apartments are nearly fully occupied, according the latest figures from the Capital Region Development Authority.

    The owners, Jeff Ravetz and Joseph Klaynberg, praised the efforts by staff who helped the officer.

    “Our heartfelt wishes and prayers are with the police officer and her family at this time. We wish her a speedy and full recovery. We are also very proud of our staff who, at great risk to themselves, interceded and ended this awful attack,” they said in a statement. “The safety and security of our tenants remains our top priority. We are working with the local authorities to assist in the investigation in any way that we can."
     
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  3. Newcop761

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    Prayers for her full recovery. :steamed:
     
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    Thoughts and prayers for a speedy and full recovery.
     
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    Tsk, tsk, you CAN'T call people savages... No wait, you can't call them ANIMALS... Yeah, that's right. (Even when, clearly, they are, both savages AND animals)
    Some day, we'll figure out what we really need to do to deal with these creatures, until then, I guess we just go on, turning the other cheek, pretending we shouldn't be stacking their rotting bloated corpses like stinky, squishy cord wood...
     
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    That’s a terrible injury, and not enough information to fully understand the extent and her chance of full recovery.

    Prayers for her. Blades are my worst nightmare. Not enough respect for knives and their effectiveness in this culture.

    I hope the attempted murder charge doesn’t get plead. She deserves life in prison, and I hope she gets it. Females tend to get a lot of leniency. I hope they have a good prosecutor willing to go the distance with it.
     
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    Prayers Sent! I hope the savage gets life in prison!
     
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    "When the officer arrived, she was trying to talk to 39-year-old Augustin, and during that, Augustin put the officer in a choke hold and started stabbing her in the neck with a ceramic kitchen knife.

    “At this point, we believe the suspect produced a knife, put the officer in a headlock and stabbed her in the throat, likely multiple times," Foley said.

    As this was happening, maintenance workers jumped in to help and pulled the suspect off the officer. Foley called them heroes.

    http://www.wfsb.com/story/38213945/hartford-police-identify-woman-accused-of-stabbing-police-officer "
     
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    she Doesn’t deserve life in prison.
     
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    Prayers for the coppers speedy recovery!
     
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    Ofcr was lucky. Hopefully she recovers completely.
     
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    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

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    True, she deserves to be dead.
     
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    I agree. I was practicing my PC version. Gives me a headache though.
     
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    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

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    Not trying to be snarky, but she was overpowered by a lone suspect and had her throat cut.

    She needs to reconsider her ability to do the job and stay alive.

    When you are alone it's time to go no holds barred and no restraints when a suspect goes hands on.
     
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    Man, listening to the audio, I can’t imagine how horrible it is for the dispatchers. At least the officers are on scene and can see what is happening. So much not put out over the radio leaves so many questions s for the dispatchers.

    Stand up job by those involved blocking the roadways and getting her to the hospital. Definitely saved her life.
     
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    Have you ever seen how quickly a crazy person can go from sane to homicidal? Especially when they’ve already made the decision to try to kill you.

    No holds goes out the window quick when you have arterial bleeding from the neck....
     
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    I wonder if she is in an agency that prefers dead officers to dead perps?

    But you are right. If it goes to far south then it’s time to end it. By any means and quickly.
     
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    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

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    As a matter of fact I have. The area in which I worked had one of the two remaining mental hospitals in the state. So between walk aways and those released we dealt with violent crazies on a regular basis.

    Which is why an officer dealing with them needs to be able to go from mild to blitz them in fractions of a second if they want to survive the encounter.

    Hesitating is the quickest way to get hurt. I have seen a 100 lb. 5'2" female sling a 260 pound 6'4" male officer across the hood of a patrol car with one arm. I have punched loony crazies smack in the face breaking their nose and they didn't so much as flinch.

    I have seen them continue walking with 3 officers dog piled on them barely slowing them down.

    You can't reason with them. And when they show the slightest sign of resistence/violence it is time to throw hesitation and restraint out the window.

    Unfortunately in the environment today officers doing what needs to be done are likely to end up fired or prosecuted or both.
     
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    How in today's wirld can you deal with crazies like this? You have to always only go one level higher with force. Crazy (or drugged) folks have amazing strength. They will tear ligaments, break their own bones with force they use. Avoiding getting in legal trouble dealing with that crazy... Well she almost died.
     
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