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APPLETON, WI – An Appleton Police officer was stabbed numerous times early Tuesday morning by a suspect who ambushed him in the police station parking lot. A second officer suffered cuts to the hands during the struggle also. Both officers were treated for their injuries and released.
Appleton Police stated that at approximately 2:17 AM an officer in a marked patrol vehicle noticed a vehicle following him for an extended distance. The officer notified other officers and drove toward the police station.
An attempt was made to stop the vehicle. The driver fled but officers did not pursue the subject because of the lack of any serious charges.
At about 4:15 AM the same officer was in the parking lot of the Appleton Police and saw the same vehicle that followed him earlier parked there.
The officer attempted contact with the suspect who was standing near the police station entrance. The suspect charged the officer and stabbed him several times with a kitchen knife. The officer fought back and took the suspect to the ground. Additional officers responded and one was also cut on the hand by the suspect’s knife.
The suspect, identified as 49-year-old Troy VanGrinsven, was treated at a local hospital for injuries and will be charged with Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide and Battery to a Police Officer.
“It is only because of the outstanding tactical skills, and the mental and physical fitness of the officer involved, that this incident didn’t end more tragically. These are the threats that all our law enforcement officers are facing more frequently. No matter what uniform they wear, we thank all of them, and their family members, for the sacrifices they make every day to serve their communities.” Chief Todd Thomas
The officers involved were not identified.
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