As the officer was on the scene, "a struggle ensued and the suspect knocked the officer to the ground, grabbed a large ceramic kitchen knife, placed her in a choke hold and began stabbing the officer in the neck", the Hartford Police Department said in a press release.
As of Thursday afternoon, the officer was listed as being in critical condition.
Deputy Chief Brian Foley says the veteran female officer suffered "life-threatening, life-altering injuries" Thursday morning and was undergoing surgery at Hartford Hospital.
Court records show the landlords of an apartment building where a Hartford, Connecticut, police officer was stabbed in the neck and critically wounded had been trying to evict a woman who they say wandered the halls late at night and confronted other residents in a hostile way.
Mayor Luke Bronin also tweeted about the stabbing and asked for the public's "thoughts and prayers". She is in critical condition and we will update the public later today.
A 39-year-old woman was in custody and taken to a hospital to be treated for hand injuries, police said.
Chevoughn Augustin is pictured in booking photos released by the Hartford, Conn. police on May 17, 2018.
"From the moment after the attack this morning, police officers, dispatchers, first responders, civilians, and medical professionals worked together to quickly get our officer the care she needed". 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.
A Hartford, Connecticut, police officer is in surgery after suffering from stab wounds while responding to a call Thursday.
Bronin had gone to the hospital where the officer is, Fox 61 reported. "She's been here a long time".
The area around Constitution Plaza has been closed to traffic while police conduct their investigation.
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