MANCHESTER, N.H. (WHDH) - A man is facing criminal charges after police say he stabbed three Manchester, New Hampshire police officers with a concealed knife on Tuesday.
Officers responding to a reported domestic incident on Ahern Street shortly before 3:30 p.m., engaged with 18-year-old Akwasi Owusu who refused to come out of a room, police said. When police tried to arrest him, Owusu allegedly pulled out a hidden knife and stabbed three officers.
“After multiple attempts to get this person to come out of the room, they ended up going inside, the officers, and there was a struggle when they were trying to arrest this person,” a Manchester police spokesperson said. “They didn’t realize he had a hidden knife and he ended up pulling out that knife, and three officers were stabbed in the process and they were rushed to an area hospital.”
The officers were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and one was treated and released, police said.
Owusu was taken into custody and is now facing three counts of first-degree assault on officers.
The incident remains under investigation.
As the injured officers recover, police officials say this incident serves as a reminder of the dangers they face every day.
“There is no such thing as a routine call. Every time it can be a dangerous situation and we hope for the best,”
a police spokesman said in a statement. “In this situation obviously, there were some injuries and that’s why we feel so relieved that these were non-life threatening injuries and it appears that our three officers are going to make a full recovery because any call can be a frightening, dangerous ordeal for them.”
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