An NYPD police officer was stabbed in the temple with a switch blade in East Harlem on Tuesday remains in critical condition following surgery.
Officer Eder Loor, 28, was at Mt. Sinai Hospital with his pregnant wife at his bedside after he was stabbed in the head by an emotionally disturbed man when responding to a 911 call in East Harlem, cops said.
The suspect plunged the three-inch blade into the officer's head, penetrating the skull and causing bleeding of the brain, cops said. Loor underwent surgery but doctors were “cautiously optimist,” according to the mayor.
Loor and his partner were responding to a 911 call from the suspect’s mother saying her son needed to go to the hospital after he was acting in an “erratic” manner.
When they approached the suspect outside, he produced a knife and plunged it into Loor’s left temple.
"Unfortunately, even when you do the right thing policing, as we all know, is a very dangerous job," Bloomberg said. The mayor also spoke with Loor's partner, who was being treated for high blood pressure.
“Today is another reminder that in a split second a police officer’s life can be placed in great jeopardy,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Tuesday.
"This serious attack," along with FDNY Lt. Richard Nappi's death Monday at a Brooklyn fire, serve as a reminder that "New York's bravest and New York's finest risk their lives every day to protect the rest of us," Bloomberg added.
Loor joined the NYPD six years ago and has worked in 23rd precinct.
Loor's partner, officer Luckson Mersime, chased down the suspect, who was arrested with assault charges pending.
The suspect, Terrence Hale, is under psychiatric evaluation. He was arrested previously in 2002, for robbery, and in 2006 for assault, in which he stabbed the victim with a knife.