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MTA Officer Stabbed in Queens

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

A man who stabbed an MTA police officer in Jamaica, Queens this morning died of gunshot wounds. MTA police officer John Barnett shot and killed Edgar Owens of the Bronx, after the man stabbed him in the left eye and ignored repeated warnings to drop a knife.

The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. on the sidewalk near the Long Island Railroad's Sutphin Boulevard station in Queens. MTA police officer Barnett was reportedly stabbed in the eye. It's not yet clear what caused the altercation.

MTA spokeswoman  Marjorie Anders says no other people were involved in the altercation. "Anytime a gun is fired or a knife is wielded people are in danger, but there was no serious impact to anyone else."

Barnett is a thirteen year veteran of the MTA police. He underwent surgery after suffering a "devastating wound" to his left eye and was recovering in the intensive care unit, MTA officials said. The 45-year-old officer was conscious before the operation, spoke to his family and took a phone call from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who wished him a full recovery. Officials said it's not yet clear whether he will retain any sight in his injured eye.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that he spoke with the officer prior to his surgery and thanked him on behalf of all New Yorkers for his courage.

"Today we are reminded once again of the bravery and sacrifice of our men and women in law enforcement, and the many dangers that accompany the important job of keeping our state's residents safe. We applaud Officer Barnett's bravery and pray for a full recovery," the statement read.

Alec Hamilton contributed reporting.

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