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Off-Duty Police Officer Stabbed in Queens

The officer was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition



    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012)

    Police are searching for two suspects who stabbed an off-duty police officer in his Jamaica, Queens home on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

    Sources tell NBC 4 New York Officer Rishi Gobin, a five-year veteran of the force who works at the 42nd Precinct in the Bronx, returned to his home on 170th Street and encountered two men inside the second-floor apartment he shares with his wife and two children. 

    Investigators said one of the men stabbed the officer and hit him over the head. The wounded cop dialed 911. 

    Gobin was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition with a single stab wound to his right abdomen. 

    "We are told it did not penetrate any vital organs," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, speaking from the hospital

    Kelly said it is still not clear how the incident unfolded. 

    Neighbor Christopher Johnson, 17, told NBC 4 New York he was on his way home from the store when he saw the officer arguing with a man on the corner of the 170th Street and Liberty Avenue, apparently after the stabbing inside the home. The assailant took off, running south on 170th Street. 

    "I saw the guy take off around the corner, and then I see choppers flying around -- and I'm like, wow,  what happened? " said Johnson. "It happened so fast."

    Neighbor Camille McCormack said police responded in force within minutes. The busy corridor of Queens became a crime scene for hours.

    "I heard a bunch of ruckus. I came out, I looked, it was a whole bunch of police," she said. "They started coming from all directions." 

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