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Columbus Police Officer attacked for second time in Lee Co.


Captain Van Jackson with the Lee County Sheriff's Office tells News Leader 9 that a Columbus police officer was attacked on Wednesday morning, Aug. 20, for the second time this summer.

According to Jackson, the officer was on his way to work in uniform, in his personal car, when he stopped to help a motorist at the intersection of Lee Rd. 246 and Lee Rd. 303. Two men in the car then assaulted the officer. One was reportedly armed with a knife.

Carolyn Clayborn has lived on Lee Rd. 303 for five years, and says it's a quiet neighborhood, but when she heard about the officer getting assaulted near her home, she now says she does not feel safe anymore.

"I don't know who these people are that are doing this, and you don't know if we might be targeted or what. I don't know," she says. 

Authorities were notified about the attack around 6:05 a.m. when the officer's wife called them. 

EMS responded to the officer's home, which is near the scene of the attack. He was treated on the scene, and sent to the hospital for further evaluation. He suffered a puncture wound to his left shoulder, and other non-life-threatening injuries.

The assailants left the scene in a red Ford Crown Victoria sedan, according to the officer. 

"Right now, we know that they are two white males," Jackson says. "We do have other physical descriptions, but nothing that is concrete."

Jackson confirms that these men appear to be the same suspects that attacked the officer in his front yard on June 17. At that time, the officer was also in uniform and preparing to leave for work.

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The assailants have not been located after leaving the scene in their car.

Lee County Sheriff's investigators and the Columbus Police Department are continuing to investigate the incident. 

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 1-334-749-5651 or Lee County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-555-7847. 

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