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Avondale Woman, 38, Stabs Officer After Firefighters Put Out Her Kitchen Fire, Police Say

The officer was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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AVONDALE — A 38-year-old woman stabbed a police officer after firefighters put out a fire in her kitchen Wednesday, police said.

About 4:45 p.m., firefighters were called to a fire in the woman’s house in the 3100 block of North Spaulding Avenue, said Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford and police.

Langford said firefighters were able to put out the small kitchen fire “pretty quickly.”

Things escalated when the firefighters found the woman in the basement, armed with a knife and confrontational, Langford said. The firefighters left and sent police to the scene.

The woman argued with police officers and “someone nearby,” Langford said. When a police officer intervened, the woman stabbed the officer in his right calf, according Langford and police.

The officer was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The woman was tased and taken to Masonic Medical Center for evaluation.

It’s unclear what caused the kitchen fire.

“Whether it was on purpose, accidental — we don’t know,” Langford said.

Charges are pending against the woman, according to police.

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