Name of Owensboro Police officer stabbed during altercation with suspect released

Name released of OPD officer stabbed in face

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - The name of the officer stabbed in the face Sunday during an altercation with a suspect has been released.

Owensboro Police say Officer Austin Esther was treated for his injuries at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital and released to recover at home.

According to the Owensboro Police Department, officers responded to a disturbance on the 700 block of Walnut Street around 4:09 p.m. on Sunday.

Ofc. Andrew Boggess says that officers were trying to take 31-year-old Harold Sanders Jr. into custody for an outstanding warrant. During the incident, OPD officials said the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the officers.

Sanders is being charged with the attempted murder of a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, as well as his outstanding warrant.

Harold Sanders
Harold Sanders (Source: Daviess Co. Jail)

This was not the only incident with Owensboro Police over the weekend.

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