Santa Cruz Man Arrested On Charges of Stabbing a Police Officer
SANTA CRUZ, CA – An eight year veteran of the Santa Cruz Police Department is recovering from a stab would allegedly inflicted by a suicidal person that he was attempting to apprehend on Monday. Police say the family of 27-year-old Michael Paquette reported the man to police saying he was suicidal and had cut his wrists. He had apparently fled from the family and was at large.
Officers found Paquette hiding in bushes behind a store in the 1700 block of Soquel Ave. Officer say they could see him bleeding from his wrists and did not respond to their commands. When officers approached the man to render medical treatment, they say he lashed out with a folding pocket knife, stabbing one officer in the leg just below the kneed and tried to stab the second officer, but she managed to deflect the attack.
Officers used a taser to subdue Paquette. He was treated at Dominican Hospital for self-inflicted wounds and then transferred and book at the Santa Cruz County Jail on charges of Assault with a Deadly Weapon Against a Police Officer.
The officer was treated for his injuries at Dominican Hospital. He is recovering at home from the stab would.