Officer Stalked by Knife-Wielding Suspect Before Stabbing, Bodycam Shows


Galway Township, nestled along the Jersey Shore, witnessed a harrowing incident on Sunday night that left one police officer seriously injured and a suspect charged with attempted murder.

**Responding to a 911 Hang-Up**

Around 8:30 p.m., Galloway Township Police officers were dispatched to a residence following multiple 911 hang-up calls. Upon arriving, they encountered the suspect’s mother, who warned them through her son’s body camera footage that he was armed with a knife.

Officer’s Plea for Cooperation

“Where is he right now?” an officer questioned as the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Keith Kiminski, approached from around a corner. “Stop!” the officer commanded repeatedly, but instead of complying, Kiminski charged forward.

**Violent Scuffle Ensues**

In a heart-pounding moment captured on body camera, Kiminski attacked Officer Erik Tarnow, stabbing him on the right side of his face with a folding pocket knife. A chaotic scuffle broke out, with Tarnow and fellow Officer Hunter Thomas fighting with Kiminski for several minutes until additional officers arrived on the scene.

**Officers Injured**

Tarnow was rushed to a hospital, where he underwent surgery for a significant facial wound. He is currently in stable condition, while Officer Thomas sustained a minor head injury but was released the same evening.

**Suspect Arrested, Charges Filed**

Kiminski was apprehended and faces a slew of charges, including attempted murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, and resisting arrest. He was transported to the Atlantic County Justice Facility to await a future court appearance.

**A Stark Reminder**

The incident served as a somber reminder of the risks faced by law enforcement officers daily. Galloway Township Police Chief Richard D. Barber expressed gratitude for Tarnow’s recovery and emphasized the department’s unwavering support for him and his family.

This incident highlights not only the courage and sacrifice of our police officers but also the need for our communities to work together to address the issue of violence and ensure the safety of all.

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