Officer Stabbed in the Neck Released From Hospital

The Hartford police officer who was stabbed in the neck last week was released from the hospital on Friday.

Officer Jill Kidik's release comes eight days after she was critically wounded while responding to assist an eviction process at an apartment building at 5 Constitution Plaza in Hartford.

Kidik was the first officer at the scene and tried to talk to the tenant, later identified as Chevoughn Augustin, into leaving the building.

Kidik was attempting to put Augustin in handcuffs when a struggle ensued and Augustin knocked Kidik to the ground, grabbed a large ceramic kitchen knife, put the officer in a chokehold and stabbed the officer in the neck, according to police.

Some maintenance workers rushed to Kidik's aid and saved her life, police said.

Kidik was rushed to Hartford Hospital and underwent surgery for what police called life-altering injuries.

Augustin was taken into custody and charged with criminal attempted murder, first-degree assault, assault on a police officer and third-degree criminal mischief.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said Kidik was headed home to continue her recovery.

“As a city, we are so grateful to her for her service and her sacrifice, and we continue to pray for her swift and full recovery. We are also deeply grateful to the civilians, dispatchers, first responders, Hartford Police officers, EMS crew, and medical staff whose quick and heroic work saved Officer Kidik’s life,” Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said in a statement.

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