MTA cop who was stabbed in the eye released from hospital
An MTA cop who was stabbed in the eye by an emotionally disturbed man was released from the hospital Thursday night, just one day after he was attacked.
Officer John Barnett, 45, quickly recovered after surgery at Jamaica Hospital and was led out in a wheelchair at 6 p.m. as about two dozen of his fellow officers stood by.
Barnett, an MTA cop for 12 years, was on patrol on Wednesday morning at the Long Island Rail Road's Jamaica Station near a taxi stand when Edgar Owens, 46, allegedly stabbed his left eye "without warning or provocation," MTA officials said. Barnett pulled out his gun and shot at Owens four times after he allegedly refused to drop his knife and again started moving toward the officer.
Owens, who officials said had a history of arrests, was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital on Wednesday.
MTA officials said it was too early to tell whether Barnett will regain vision in his eye.