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Officer's Throat Slashed
« on: September 06, 2007, 08:02:28 PM »

New York Officer Slashed in Attack
Courtesy of The Albany Times Union

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A city police officer was listed in fair condition Wednesday night after being slashed in the neck earlier in the day as he attempted to arrest a mental health patient on Jefferson Street, police said.

Officer Adam Baker, 30, was taken by helicopter to Albany Medical Center Hospital. He underwent surgery for a severed carotid artery in midair, Chief Edward Moore said. Two other officers arrested Seth M. Dawson, 19, of Shushan, after the attack.

Police had received a call at about 2:52 p.m. from the Four Winds Hospital to pick up Dawson after he was brought there by his mother for treatment. An incident occurred in the facility's parking lot, according to Moore and Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III, and Dawson fled. He apparently wandered up Crescent Avenue and onto Jefferson Street, where he was confronted by Baker at the corner of East Broadway.

"The officer approached the individual and asked him to show his hands -- he had one of his hands in his pocket -- and at that point in time this individual came out with a razor and sliced the officer in the jugular (artery)," Moore said.

Baker approached Dawson alone, the chief said, but Officers John Kehoe and John Carey were responding as backup when they saw the attack, called for help and arrested Dawson. Moore said the razor was recovered. Moore said several residents of Jefferson Street witnessed the attack. One teenage girl rushed with towels to aid the wounded officer, which Moore said helped save Baker's life. The stabbing scene is located near the backstretch of the Saratoga Gaming and Raceway harness track.

Baker joined the Saratoga Springs police in January 2004 and normally worked an evening shift, Moore said.

"I was able to speak with him, he was still conscious when he was taken from the scene," Moore said. "We're hoping for the best."

Dawson, who is charged with aggravated assault upon a police officer, is in Saratoga County Jail without bail.

"He's had his ups and downs," his cousin William Dawson said. "He's a nice kid and it's a shame that this has materialized for him."

Dawson was unemployed and lived with his mother on county Route 64 in Shushan, according to police and relatives. He had attended the Long Trail School in Dorset, Vt.

Christen Deming, Dan Higgins, Sarah L. Hinman and Dennis Yusko contributed to this story.


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Re: Officer's Throat Slashed
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2007, 06:49:38 PM »

It happens so quick, the ambush sucks, but that may have been avoided if he kept his 10 foot distance?  Don't let em get close without showing those hands is probably the best takehome message. What you think?

What amazes me, is the other two officers removed the razor from a mental case and arrested him.  It must have been a fight like hell situation, or maybe the suspect gave in.  Either case, those officers are TUFF. 

Thanks Hock.
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