Man Stabs Self, Police Officer In Midwest City Scuffle

Thursday, June 9th 2011, 9:32 pm
By: News 9

News 9

MIDWEST CITY, Oklahoma — While being booked into the Midwest City jail on a complaint of attempting to pass a forged prescription, an Oklahoma City man retrieved a concealed knife and stabbed himself and a jailer Thursday.

Officer Jarvis Nash arrested Nathaniel Lee Jones, 40, at the CVS Pharmacy at 6951 S.E. 15th Street.  Nash had allegedly tried to obtain a controlled dangerous substance with a forged prescription.

While being booked, Jones allegedly removed a lock-blade knife from his waistband and began struggling with Nash.  During the scuffle, Nash was stabbed in the right forearm and Jones was stabbed in the neck.

On-duty jailors and officers responded to the panic alarm and subdued Jones with a tazer.  Jones was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a neck wound.  His condition is not known.

Nash was treated for his wound and is expected to make a full recovery.

"A higher power was watching over Officer Nash and our jail personnel today," Chief Brandon Clabes said. "This is another example of the extreme dangers law enforcement faces on a daily basis and were are very, very fortunate Officer Nash, other officers and the jailors were able to disarm Jones before any other injuries or a possible death occurred."

The incident is under internal review by the Midwest City Police department to identify any possible procedural or training issues.

Jones will be charged with assault and battery on a police officer with a deadly weapon.