Man charged with stabbing police officers near Minnehaha Creek

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August 23, 2012 by Sarah M

By Nick Halter

A man lured two Minneapolis Park Police officers to Minnehaha Parkway and Bryant Avenue, where he stabbed one in the chest and another in the back of the neck, according to a criminal complaint. Both officers survived the ambush.

Marsenior Pede Johnson, 38, of Minneapolis, is charged with two counts of attempted second degree murder.

According to the criminal complaint:

Johnson called 911 at 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 21. He said he had been robbed at knifepoint and asked for officers to meet him near the walk bridge over the creek.

When the officers approached, Johnson stabbed Officer James Huber in the chest. He then went after Officer Katherine Hammes, stabbing her in the back of the neck after she ducked to avoid the knife. Hammes fell and hit her head, causing a laceration and concussion.

As Johnson was preparing to stab Hammes again, Huber shot Johnson and incapacitated him.

Johnson was taken to the hospital, where he told police he “wanted to hurt some cops.” As of Aug. 23, he was in custody.

Hammes was treated for her stab wound and a concussion. She was released from the hospital on Aug. 22. Huber was evaluated at the scene, but his ballistic armor vest prevented serious injuries.

Both officers are on administrative leave.

According to a Minneapolis Police Department news release, Huber was hired in 2007 and has been commended for her work with Special Olympics of Minnesota.

Huber was hired in 2001 and previously worked as a school resource officer at Roosevelt High School.

“This incident is a testament to the dangers police officers face on a daily basis. Officers James Huber and Katherine Hammes responded to a robbery report, went to render aid and were viciously attacked,” said Parks Superintendent Jayne Miller in a prepared statement. “These officers reacted swiftly and courageously and we are extremely grateful they were not more seriously injured or killed. I commend these officers and our entire Police Department for their dedication and commitment to the park system and the community.”  

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