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A Saint John police officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being stabbed at a west Saint John business on Feb. 21, 2024. Image: Brad Perry

Saint John police officer stabbed; suspect in custody

By Brad Perry Feb 21, 2024 | 10:20 PM

A Saint John police officer is expected to survive after allegedly being stabbed at a business on the city’s west side.

Staff Sgt. Sean Rocca said officers were called to the Canadian Tire on Fairville Boulevard just after 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Rocca said they were told that an armed person was threatening staff at the store and causing damage.

“Upon arrival, one officer was stabbed. The officer was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” the police spokesperson told reporters at the scene.

A 35-year-old man was taken into custody without injury, according to Rocca, and is currently being held in custody.

He said it is too soon to say what charges the suspect may face as a result of the incident.

“Once the Major Crime Unit has had an opportunity to interview all of the witnesses that have been identified, then they’ll be able to at that point decide on what charges are most appropriate,” said Rocca.

As many as 10 Saint John police vehicles remained on the scene as of 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police had cordoned off more than half of the parking lot as they conducted their investigation.

“It’s not a common occurrence for our officers to get injured in the course of their duties, so as you can imagine, it’s unnerving at any point in time for an officer to be injured, and certainly in this type of situation where one of our officers has to get medical treatment in the hospital,” said Rocca.

The police spokesperson expects more details will be provided on Thursday morning.

In the meantime, anyone who witnessed the incident or has information is asked to contact the Saint John Police Force at 506-648-3333.

Staff Sgt. Sean Rocca is a spokesperson for the Saint John Police Force. Image: Brad Perry