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Orange County deputy stabbed

Posted January 22, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— An Orange County deputy was in stable condition after being stabbed in the left side of his body late Wednesday in Efland.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said the deputy, whom officials had not identified as of Thursday afternoon, was stabbed after arriving at 6201 Cousin Drive to take William Alston III to UNC Memorial Hospital for involuntary mental commitment.

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When deputies arrived, a person at the front door told them Alston was in the back of the house. They found him in a bedroom speaking with a woman and a man.

Alston became upset when deputies tried to take him from the house and they had to wrestle him to the floor, officials said.

Alston had his right hand in his pocket as deputies wrestled with him, officials said. He pulled a knife and stabbed one of the deputies, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office said deputies handcuffed Alston while the family inside the house helped the injured deputy.

"The (injury) to our deputy was serious, and he remains hospitalized at this time," the sheriff's office wrote in a statement issued Thursday morning.

Family members said they did not want to comment on the situation, and a man who answered the door at the residence Thursday afternoon said the family is "just trying to move past this."

A bench warrant was issued for Alston in December for failing to appear in court on a probation violation. Probation officials said Alston failed to check in with his probation officer and failed to get substance abuse treatment.


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  • illegals--GO HOME Jan 22, 2009

    Prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery for the deputy. Those situations are inherently some of the most dangerous calls you can go on. Many officers are hurt or killed each year serving commitment papers. You can try to be prepared but you never can prepare for the extremes that some of these people will go to. Their sheer strength is amazing, as I have been in those situations and it has taken 2 or more officers to subdue them without having to hurt them seriously. That's what the officers are trying to do as they know they need mental help, so they don't want to have to hurt them and especially with the family right there. I have had officers who were very close friends both killed and seriously hurt by these type of people.

    To all brethren officers: go safe!!

  • Adelinthe Jan 22, 2009

    Praying for them both, and for their loved ones.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • bowlingbrat1203 Jan 22, 2009

    My thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery are with the deputy and his or her family.

  • whocares Jan 22, 2009

    Having someone involuntarily committed is a scary thing. You never know what will happen. Sometimes the individual goes quietly and other times something like this happens. I just hope the deputy is gong to be OK.

  • 10-39 Jan 22, 2009

    Hoping the Deputy recovers quickly.

  • Tarheel born Jan 22, 2009

    The family's lucky the suspect/defendant didn't leave in a body bag. The Deputy's exhibited great restraint and professionalism. And, the family also showed great compassion and good sense to tend to the Deputy's wounds. Get well soon!

  • averageclone Jan 22, 2009

    "Austin had a warrant out for his arrest for a probation violation, according to records."

    Who is Austin?

  • IHave1-2 Jan 22, 2009

    Best thoughts and prayers to both families.

    Stupid award should go to Cameron, along with breaking and entering charges, and perhaps trespassing charges. Freedom of speech ended before the latch of the door was disturbed.

  • Gnathostomata Jan 22, 2009

    I hope the officer will recover quickly. They never know what the next situation will entail, but this should not have happened. Did the familly not know the guy carried a knife or warn the officer that he was capable of that kind of action?

    Media coverage of news means follow up for the story, but to approach someone during tragedy is sensationalism rather than newsworthy. Emotionally distraught people need time to understand what just happened without intrusion. Gosh I miss news that reported the facts without listening to suffering victims or whiny perpetrators.

  • MissManda- has real boobs Jan 22, 2009

    What the heck?!!? Do you really think you're like a MAJOR tv station?? You're local for god'd sake! I could see maybe Foxnews or CNN doing this, but what gives you the right to intrude on someone's private life and ask them such an insensitive question? Their family just STABBED an officer and you want to ask them how they feel about it?!? "Oh gee, well I guess it's ok, he used our only steak knife so now we have nothing to cut with."
    Stick to reporting school closings and road construction.