CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — A Suffolk County police officer was stabbed in the face while responding to a call Saturday afternoon.
Police arrived at 281 Oakland Ave., in Central Islip for a welfare check around 1:20 p.m.
The suspect, who was armed with knives, became confrontational with police. He then allegedly stabbed an officer in the face.
Another officer then shot the suspect once in the abdomen.
The suspect, who was later identified as Mark Caraway, 40, of Central Islip, was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore in critical condition.
The officer was taken to an area hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
He underwent four hours of surgery for his injuries. Police say he was stabbed multiple times in the face and his nose was nearly severed.
According to the Suffolk County PIO, the officer joined the police department in 1995. He has been in the Emergency Service Section for 12 years.
Detectives from the Homicide Squad and Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating.