A Hartford police officer is in critical condition after being stabbed in the neck Thursday.
According to Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley, the female officer was called to an apartment on Constitution Plaza to help with an eviction notice.
“The officer tried to talk the woman into leaving the apartment,” said Foley, “she had some maintenance workers with her. The maintenance workers heard a struggle in another room. They went in, and when they got in there, they saw the woman had the officer in a headlock and was stabbing her in the throat.”
Foley said the maintenance workers were able to pull the suspect off the police officer and subdue her. Foley described the workers as "heroes."
Hartford Police Chief David Rosado said the initial emergency call indicated a dispute between a landlord and tenant. There was no indication anyone had a weapon, but Rosado said responding officers never know exactly what they’re getting into.
“There’s no such thing as a routine call -- while this may have went out as a landlord tenant dispute, look at what it turned into,” Rosado said, “so we are always trained to make sure we deal with situations that can go from zero to 100 miles per hour, in an instant.”
The suspect, who is in custody, has been named 39-year-old Chevoughn Augustin. She has been charged with attempted murder.
Hartford Police have not identified the officer who was stabbed, other than to describe her as a well-respected, 12-year-veteran of the force trained in crisis intervention.