UPDATED: Man Charged with Attempted Murder of Huntsville Police Officer
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police say an officer was cut during an altercation behind the Quiznos on University Drive near Putnam Drive and UAH’s campus on Thursday evening.
The officer, Jonathan Sallis, was stabbed in the arm but is expected to recover. He has been treated and released from Huntsville Hospital and is recovering at home, according to Huntsville Police Spokesman Harry Hobbs.
Olusola Abimbola Kuponiyi, 39, is charged with attempt to commit murder. The incident happened during a fight that resulted in both men being hospitalized.
Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris said the officer was pepper sprayed and stabbed in the arm during an altercation. Police later clarified Officer Sallis was cut in the left forearm.
Chief Morris tells us police were responding to a call about a suspicious person and car in the parking lot of Quiznos restaurant located at 4314 University Drive.
Officer Sallis was questioning the man when the situation escalated quickly. Sallis tried to pepper spray the man, who reportedly then pulled a knife and cut the officer’s left forearm.
We’ve also heard Sallis may have been bitten, too.
About a dozen Huntsville police officers swarmed to the area. The suspect, Kuponiyi, was arrested.
Both men were taken to the hospital.
Several Huntsville officers gathered outside Huntsville Hospital to wish Sallis well. Mayor Tommy Battle and Chief Lewis Morris left the city council meeting to visit Officer Sallis and offer their support.
“Whatever medical treatment he needs we’ll ensure that he gets it. We’ll ensure he he has follow-up care and we’ll make sure that everything is well with him before we return him,” said Chief Morris.
Officer Sallis posted this to his Facebook page:
“Thank you for all the prayers and support. I am truly thankful. I feel blessed that God gave me the strength to keep fighting. I love all of you and will be back to work soon. “