SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A man accused of slashing a Louisiana officer in the throat with a box cutter while trying to avoid arrest Monday has been charged.
According to the Shreveport Police Department, investigators were responding to a report that a man wanted in numerous felony thefts had been spotted at a Home Depot store.
The officers arrived just before 11 a.m. and found 47-year-old Eric Brooks, but when one of them tried to handcuff him, he pushed the officer and fled, police said.
The officer, who was not identified, caught the suspect after a chase and tried to “gain control of him,” according to an SPD news release.
The suspect produced a box cutter and slashed at the officer “repeatedly,” cutting her clothing in several places, the release stated.
“After a lengthy struggle, the injured detective, a second detective, and a concerned citizen were able to apprehend Brooks,” the release said.
Police said the officer was later treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Brooks was charged with one count of attempted murder of a peace officer, one count of aggravated assault on a peace officer and four felony theft warrants.
SPD says Brooks had been arrested multiple times in the past on charges that include robbery, resisting arrest, theft and other offenses.