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Authorities are investigating after a railroad officer was attacked and stabbed while on patrol in Miami late Tuesday night. Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Ignatius Carroll tells NBC 6 what happened.
Authorities are investigating after a railroad officer was attacked and stabbed while on patrol in Miami late Tuesday night.
The incident happened around 11 p.m. on the railroad tracks near Northeast 2nd Avenue and 72nd Street, according to Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Ignatius Carroll.
Carroll said the Florida East Coast Railroad officer, later identified as 42-year-old Raul Guerra, was investigating suspicious activity near the tracks when he was confronted and attacked by at least one suspect.
The officer radioed for help and when fire rescue workers arrived, they found him bleeding from the arm, Carroll said. He was taken to North Shore Medical Center in stable condition and later released.
"Before you know it he was attacked," Carroll said. "The officer noticed that he was bleeding from the arm and at that time called dispatch."
FEC Vice President Robert Ledoux told NBC 6 the officer needed 15 stitches on his arm. He said the suspect tried to slit his throat but he blocked it with his arm.
The incident set off a massive police manhunt in the area, with officers from several departments searching by ground and air for any suspects.
Ledoux said there could be as many as four suspects.
The main suspect is described as a black male between 18-22 years old, 5-foot-10 to 5-foot-11, with a slim build and brown eyes and black hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Miami Police Department at 305-603-6350.