Grand Island police say officer cut trying to detain man

October 15, 2020 GMT

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A Grand Island police officer suffered a cut to his hand from a knife-wielding suspect who was later shot by police with a bean bag round and arrested, police said.

The confrontation happened Tuesday afternoon, when officers went to check on a man lying on a park picnic table, television station KSNB reported. Police said the man — identified as Omer Arbab — was uncooperative and pulled a knife from a bag as police questioned him. Police said he tried to stab an officer in the chest, hitting the officer’s hand instead.


Arbab then walked away and was confronted by police again about two blocks away, officials said. An officer shot him with the bean bag as he threatened police with the knife, police said.

Arbab was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault on a police officer, obstruction, use of a weapon to commit a felony and resisting arrest. He was being held in the Hall County Jail.

Police said the injured officer did not require stitches.