Central Islip Man Stabs Officer, Shot by Police, Cops Say

A Suffolk County police officer shot and wounded a man who repeatedly stabbed another officer in the face, nearly severing his nose, in Central Islip over the weekend, authorities said.

Officers responded to a 911 call reporting a man armed with knives acting irrationally at an Oakland Avenue home at 1:20 p.m. Saturday, police said. Upon arrival, the man, 40-year-old Mark Caraway, stabbed an Emergency Service Section officer, and a second officer shot the suspect once in the abdomen, police said.

Both Caraway and the officer were taken to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Caraway was listed in critical condition. The officer, a 21-year veteran of the force whose name wasn’t immediately released, underwent four hours of surgery for his injuries.

Homicide Squad and the Internal Affairs Bureau detectives are continuing the investigation.

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