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Evansville Firefighter Stabbed in Face While Responding to Emergency: Police

A firefighter with the Evansville Fire Department was stabbed in the face on Saturday after responding to a home on Ridge Knoll Drive where a man was reportedly not breathing, according to police.

Posted: Jun 12, 2021 9:23 PM
Updated: Jun 14, 2021 12:46 PM

An Evansville firefighter was injured on Saturday while responding to a home for a man not breathing, according to an affidavit filed by an Evansville Police Department Officer.

According to the affidavit, the incident happened Saturday afternoon at a home on Ridge Knoll Drive in Evansville, Indiana, after Evansville Dispatch received a call about a man not breathing.

Members of the Evansville Fire Department were first to arrive at the home.

The affidavit explains that a firefighter knocked on the door of the home but that no one answered. The firefighter said that he could hear people inside and that he heard a "very disturbing scream" from inside the home.

After opening the interior door and announcing "Evansville Fire Department," the affidavit says a hand grasping a large kitchen knife reached out from inside the door, puncturing him in the face near the nose.

At that point, police say a man, later identified as 34-year-old John Deer of Evansville, charged out the door towards the firefighter with the knife prepared to stab him again.

According to the affidavit, the firefighter was able to avoid the knife and take Deer to the ground, where the rest of the firefighter's squad helped keep him restrained until police arrived.

Deer's girlfriend told police that she had administered two doses of Narcan to him because he was blue and wouldn't respond to CPR. She said that he hadn't used any drugs and that she wasn't sure why he was blue and not breathing.

She also told police that when Deer did respond, he was very combative, attacking her and his 86-year-old grandfather - though neither the girlfriend nor the grandfather wanted to press charges, according to police.

After the incident, Deer was taken to Deaconess and then to the Vanderburgh County Jail.

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