The Miami-Dade Police officer who authorities said was stabbed by a suspect trying to light a gas station on fire spoke about the bits and pieces he remembers of the incident on Wednesday.
Officer Mario Gutierrez doesn't remember much from the night of Oct. 29, when he was on patrol at the Shell gas station at Northwest 25th Street and LeJeune Road.
"I have a lot of blanks in my memory, because it was happening so fast, and I was in survival mode," said Gutierrez.
Survival mode kicked in after he approached 51-year-old Dominique Jean. According to a gas station employee, Jean was trying to light a fire near one of the gas pumps. Police said Jean then attacked Gutierrez by stabbing him multiple times.
"I saw the flames, and I knew that's an emergency next to a gas pump so I acted on it," said Gutierrez.
Gutierrez said he fired his weapon because he felt his life was in danger.
"I had a fear of dying, but it's basically survive, and do everything you can to stay alive," said Gutierrez.
The officer's wife said even though they've talked about preparing for an emergency situation like this, she was in total shock the night the call came in.
"Everything got shifted upside down the moment of that call," Laura Gutierrez said.
Police said Mario Gutierrez was able to hit the emergency stop button to the gas valves, which possibly prevented an explosion.
"I believe Mario hasn't grasped the magnitude of what he accomplished that day," said Miami-Dade Police Deputy Director Juan Perez.
"It doesn't surprise me at all because he takes his role, when he puts on that uniform to serve and protect his community very seriously," his wife said.
Gutierrez, however, does not consider himself a hero.
”I was very surprised at the reaction of the community, I was just simply doing my job," said the officer.
Gutierrez hopes to get back to doing what he loves the minute the doctor gives him the OK.
"I love what I do. I can't think of doing anything else, and I wanna be on that motorcycle again, can’t wait," Gutierrez said.
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