A dramatic 911 call made by a Miami-Dade officer moments after he was stabbed by a prisoner who was being transported to Nevada was released by authorities in Texas Wednesday as the search for the escaped fugitive remained under way.
"I've been stabbed in the neck," Officer Jaime Pardinas tells the operator in the call, as he struggles to catch his breath shortly after police say he was slashed by prisoner Alberto Morales in the parking lot of a Walmart in Grapevine, Texas, late Monday night.
Pardinas and Officer David Carrero were transporting Morales from Miami to Las Vegas by plane but were forced to rent an SUV after Morales acted up on the first flight to Houston and they were told they wouldn't be allowed to make the connecting flight, police said.
Morales, 42, was being transported to make a court appearance in Vegas.
When they stopped at Walmart to use the restroom, Morales struck, using a broken piece of his eyeglasses to stab Pardinas in the chest and back while Carrero was inside the store, police said.
Morales, who was shackled, fled the scene on foot.
"Subject is 5'7", 165 pounds, white Latin male named Alberto Morales," Pardinas tells the operator. "He's a schizophrenic."
At one point during the call, Carrero left the store and discovered his fellow officer down and picked up the phone.
"Lay down Jaime," he's overheard telling his partner. "We got a stab wound to the neck and he stabbed him in the back."
The operator asked Carrero whether the prisoner took Pardinas' gun, and which direction he went before the wounded officer began to get worse.
"My partner, it's getting hard to breathe for my partner," Carrero said. "My partner's complaining, he got stabbed in the back, he got stabbed in the neck."
The operator assured him that a medic and local police were on the way.
"Jaime, stay with me bud," Carrero is overhead telling his partner.
"I'm not going anywhere," Pardinas responded.
Pardinas, who is 54 and a 28-year veteran officer, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was listed in serious but stable condition late Tuesday.
Early Wednesday, Grapevine Police said they were still searching for Morales, who is considered extremely dangerous and has arrests for sexual battery, burglary and kidnapping.
A $10,000 reward was being offered for information leading to his capture and he was placed on Texas' 10 Most Wanted List.