Miami Police Officer Recovering After Being Stabbed in the Face

A City of Miami police officer was recovering in the hospital after being stabbed in the face at a casino early Thursday.

The incident happened just after midnight at the Magic City Casino in Miami. Police said a disgruntled customer was inside the casino and officers responded to remove him.

According to police, a struggle ensued between police and the customer. That's when, officials said, Officer Raul Perez /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} was stabbed in the face. The officer then shot the customer, police said.

The customer, who has not yet been identified, was at the hospital undergoing surgery. The officer received stitches for his injuries and was released from the hospital.

"I did talk to him last night, I visited him in the hospital," Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes said. "He was doing well last night, I'm sure he is doing better now that he is at home. He has a little bit of a recovery to go but he will be fine."

The customer's condition is unknown at this time. He is expected to face charges after his release from the hospital.

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 "The safety of our patrons is paramount. This was a very isolated incident. The on-site presence and expertise of City of Miami Police Officers at the casino has allowed us to maintain an outstanding safety and security record," the casino's Vice-President of Political Affairs, Izzy Havenick, said in a statement. "Magic City Casino is proud of their long standing relationship with the City of Miami Police Department and wishes Officer Perez a speedy recovery."

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