- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Police are crediting an off-duty deputy sheriff with saving at least one life during a quadruple stabbing in Providence.

Police Maj. David Lapatin said Wednesday that 34-year-old David Allison used a knife to attack two sisters and the domestic partner of one of them inside a house containing multiple apartments Tuesday night.

One sister died and the other women were seriously injured, Lapatin said. Allison was stabbed by one of the women in what police believe was self-defense, he said.

During the attack, one woman ran outside and banged on the door of a neighbor, Deputy Sheriff Edward Cooper, screaming for help. Cooper got his gun and started across the street when Allison came out of the house still holding the knife, Lapatin said.

Cooper ordered Allison to the ground until police arrived. Allison attempted to get up once before eventually complying, Lapatin said.

In Rhode Island, sheriffs provide courtroom security and transport prisoners.

“We’d like to thank Deputy Sheriff Cooper because he really came through last night, and I would say at least saved one life and it could have been more,” Lapatin said.

Allison, who investigators were told suffers from mental illness, will face murder and other charges, Lapatin said.

Police are working to determine a motive. The women were tenants on the second floor and Allison lives on the third.

Lapatin didn’t identify the women. He said the woman who died was 24 years old and the other women are in their 20s.

It was the city’s 11th homicide of the year.

Cooper couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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