New Brunswick

Saint John police officer stabbed responding to disturbance at store

An officer was stabbed responding to a disturbance Wednesday night at a hardware store in west Saint John, police say.

Police say the officer was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries Wednesday night

Yellow police caution tape says police line, do not cross.
Saint John Police say an officer was stabbed when they responded to reports of a man armed with a knife threatening people in a store. (Roger Cosman/CBC)

A Saint John police officer has been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after being stabbed responding to a disturbance Wednesday night.

Police said officers responded at about  8 p.m. to reports that a man with a knife was threatening staff and causing damage inside a hardware store on Fairville Boulevard, a news release said.

On arrival, an officer was stabbed by a 35-year-old man, who was then taken into custody without incident.

No other injuries were reported.

CBC News confirmed from a nearby business that there were nine police cars and an ambulance in the parking lot of the Canadian Tire on Fairville Boulevard between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Major crime and forensic services investigators were at the scene, and police asked the public to avoid the area.


Sam Farley


Sam Farley is a Fredericton-based reporter at CBC New Brunswick. Originally from Boston, he is a journalism graduate of the University of King's College in Halifax. He can be reached at