Hero Experiencing Homelessness Saves DC Policeman

A police officer was stabbed in the head and neck in downtown D.C. early Thursday and a homeless man intervened to save the officer.

The veteran officer was rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being attacked with scissors. The Metropolitan Police Department thanked John Burrows, the man who intervened.

The “heroic actions of the good Samaritan prevented the officer from sustaining additional injuries,” a police official said. “We commend this man for his selfless intervention.” 

Burrows told News4 he was just doing the right thing. 

“I grabbed the guy's arm and me and the cop together got him under control so he couldn't stab him no more. He got arrested, the cop went to the hospital and I guess I'm like a little hero,” he said. 

Burrows said he was angry when he saw the man attacking the officer.

"I was really mad at the guy, for just stabbing him for no reason. That made me mad,” he said. “They're my cops. This is my city and I don't want you stabbing them."

The name of the officer was not immediately released.

-NBC Washington Staff   (July 2, 2020)

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