Officers OK after being stabbed in New Haven neighborhood; man arrested

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NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) — Two New Haven Police officers suffering minor injuries after being stabbed Monday morning while working to apprehend a man who’d made suicidal threats, the department said.

New Haven Police were called around 9:30 a.m. to a home in the 1700 block of Lopshire Drive, in the Highland Terrace neighborhood just off Minnich Road.

According to New Haven Police Chief Jeff McCracken, officers went to a home after a family member reported a 18-year-old man was making suicidal threats. When officers arrived, the man ran from the home and began trying to break into neighboring homes.

The man got into a home, ran through the backyard, then broke into a second home, McCracken said. There, the chief said the man tried unsuccessfully to jump a fence.

At that home, officers tried to take the man into custody, but he resisted, McCracken said.

During a struggle, two officers were stabbed with a pocket knife, McCracken said. They suffered non-life-threatening injuries with stab wounds to their lower bodies and they were hospitalized, he added.

McCracken said both were released from the hospital later Monday.

The man was also hurt in the ordeal, McCracken said. His condition was not released.

He was identified later as 18-year-old Brandon M. Gardner. He faces two counts of felony Battery, two counts of felony Criminal Recklessness, three counts of felony Resisting Law Enforcement, one count of felony Residential Entry, and a misdemeanor count of Criminal Mischief.

The City of New Haven issued this statement:

Mayor McMichael and the entire New Haven team will continue to monitor the issue.  We ask that you keep the officers and their families in your prayers.

City of New Haven

New Haven Police and Allen County Sheriff’s deputies, along with at least one ambulance, were at the scene.

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