- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) - Attempted murder charges have been filed against a man who was shot by police after he allegedly stabbed an officer during a street confrontation.

Monmouth County prosecutors said Oswaldo Torres Quiroz, 22, of Woodbridge, was also charged with attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer and weapons offenses stemming from the incident in Asbury Park. It started around 9:20 a.m. Monday, shortly after Patrolman Carl Christie responded to a report of a disorderly man on Main Street.

Quiroz stabbed Christie in the torso with a steak knife, but the officer escaped serious injury because his protective vest stopped the blade, prosecutors said. Christie was treated at a hospital for lacerations on his right wrist and a finger and was later released.

“Thank God, he was wearing his vest, so the knife wound actually went through his shirt and through his vest, but the vest stopped it without puncturing his abdomen area,” first assistant county prosecutor Marc LeMieux told the Asbury Park Press.

Quiroz also allegedly tried to grab the service weapon of patrolman Johnny Washington when he arrived on scene. Washington then stepped back and fired his .40 caliber Glock one time, hitting Quiroz in the abdomen.

Quiroz underwent surgery for injuries that prosecutors said were “significant” but apparently not life-threatening.

Christie has been a police officer for 23 years, including 15 years on the Asbury Park force. Washington has also spent 15 years with the city force.

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