A State trooper is recovering today after being stabbed in the neck with a steak knife near the Capitol by a suspect who has yet to be apprehended, State Police said.
At about 3:15 p.m. Sunday, a trooper was on foot patrol in the concourse of Empire State Plaza and was approached by an individual. Trooper Rodney L. Smith, a 15-year veteran of the State Police, talked to the person about how the individual was new in town, police said.
Smith was checking the suspect’s identification when he was stabbed in the neck on the left side with a steak knife. After a brief struggle that led to more stab wounds, the suspect fled with the trooper’s radio. Smith was able to call for help with his cell phone.
Police said Smith was taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital and underwent surgery. He is expected to fully recover.
If anyone has information about the suspect, contact State Police at 518-473-5164.
“Our troopers can find themselves in dangerous and sometimes life threatening situations on any given day. Fortunately Trooper Smith is expected to make a full recovery,” said State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico in a statement last night.
“State Police are working with the Albany Police Department as well as other area law enforcement to identify the individual responsible for this senseless attack. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Smith’s family.”