'He stabbed me in the neck!' Moment Florida deputy is knifed after chasing down fleeing suspect
A mentally ill man stabbed a Florida sheriff's deputy in the neck after being told he was being committed to a psychiatric health facility on Sunday.
The incident, captured on victimDeputy Charles Williams' bodycam, was released by theHillsborough County Sheriff's Office yesterday.
Footage shows Williams trying to calm Nicolas Furgason, 21, in a wooded area in Lithia, Florida, after he fled to the clearing.
'Why are you running dude, come on,' Williams says after catching up with Furgason. 'Are you scared?'
Furgason confirms that he is afraid.
After speaking to him a while longer, and reassuring the 21-year-old that he is not in any trouble, Williams grabs on to Furgason's arm, begins to turn him around, and tells him he'll be putting him in handcuffs.
After a couple of steps, Furgason twists round and stabs Williams in the neck.
'He stabbed me, he's got a knife!' the officer shouts and draws his gun.
After chasing him with his pistol drawn for around half-a-minute, Williams switches to his taser and fires at the suspect, who immediately falls to the ground.
'Drop the knife, throw it to the side,' the officer shouts. 'Put your hands behind your back now!'
Furgason is compliant with the officer while on the ground.
Two other officers then arrive at the scene to finish the arrest and to help Williams, who manages to walk away unaided.
In a statement, Sheriff Chad Chronister said: 'This is a prime example of the dangers deputies face while trying to serve and protect our community every day.'
'Deputy Williams used an incredible amount of restraint by deploying less-lethal force on an individual who attempted to take his life.
'We are grateful that Deputy Williams was not more seriously injured and will make a full recovery, however, that does not make this incident any less severe.
'We will see to it that this individual is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for his actions.'
Furgason ran away from home during a mental health check. Workers from Gracepoint, a Tampa behavioural healthcare institute, decided they needed to involuntarily admit the 21-year-old for additional care.
Deputy Williams was present to support the workers during the original assessment.
Speaking to ABCNews, Furgason's parents said that their son has struggled with schizophrenia and bouts of paranoia and delusion since his teenage years.
Williams has been charged with attempted felony murder of a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence and resisting an officer without violence.
Furgason was booked into jail on Monday evening. He is there on $27,500 bail, according to jail records.