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Surveillance video shows man stabbing police officer at Magic City Casino

Victor: TONIGHT AT 6:00 A ONE AND ONLY EXCLUSIVE NEW VIDEO INSIDE THE MAGIC CITY CASINO WHERE AN OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICER IS FORCED TO FIRE AFTER HE IS STABBED IN THE FACE. WITNESSES SAY THE MAN LASHED OUT AT THE OFFICER WHEN HE WAS ASKED TO LEAVE THE CASINO. >> Laurie: AND NOW WE’RE GETTING AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT HOW THE CONFRONTATION ESCALATED. LOCAL10 NEWS REPORTER MICHAEL SEIDEN IS LIVE IN THE VIDEO PORT WITH THE EXCLUSIVE.

MICHAEL. >> Michael: YOU KNOW, THIS VIDEO IS JUST PURE CHAOS. JUST IMAGINE YOU GO OUT WITH YOUR FRIENDS TO A CASINO TO HAVE SOME FUN AND PLAY SOME POKER WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN EYE FIGHT BREAKS OUT, YOU ONE GUY PULLS A KNIFE AND AN OFFICER OPENS FIRE. WELL, THAT PLAYED OUT EARLIER THIS YEAR INSIDE A SOUTH FLORIDA CASINO. SECURITY CAMERAS ROLLING INSIDE THE MAGIC CITY CASINO WHEN CHAOS E RUPTS.

THIS OFF-DUTY MIAMI POLICE OFFICER IS TRYING TO REMOVE A BELLIGERENT GAMBLER FROM INSIDE THE POKER ROOM AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THE MAN TAKES A HANDFUL OF CASH AND THROWS IN IT HIS FACE. AS THE MEN START WRESTLING ON THE GROUND, SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS OTHER PATRONS PICKING UP THE CASH, SCATTERED ALL ACROSS THE FLOOR. BACK ON THE GROUND, THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES, AND THAT’S WHEN THE MAN PULLS A KNIFE FROM HIS POCKET, STABBING THE OFFICER THE IN FACE. FEARING FOR HIS LIFE, THIS MIAMI COP PULLS HIS GUN, FIRING A SHOT RIGHT INTO THE MAN’S STOMACH.

THE CASINO REACTS. MANY IN THE POKER ROOM STUNNED BY WHAT THEY JUST WITNESSED. >> I HEARD SOMEONE YELL “KNIFE.” AND THEN A SHOT WENT OFF AND APPARENTLY THE OFFICER HAD NO CHOICE.

I HEARD THE OFFICER WAS BLEEDING ON HIS FACE SO THE OFFICER HAD GOTTEN CUT. >> Michael: WITNESSES WATCH IN DISBELIEF AS OFFICERS SWARMED THE CASINO FLOOR, TURNING NIGHT TO A CRIME SCENE. THE ATTACKER 29-YEAR-OLD JOS CARBAJAL LOPEZ REMAINS MOTIONLY. HE IS THEN RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL. YOU CAN SEE HE’S BLEEDING FROM HIS STOMACH. >> HE STABBED THE POLICE OFFICER IN THE FACE.

WHEN HE MAKES IT OR NOT HE’S THAT’S HIS PROBLEM. THAT’S BY GUY IS A DIRT BAG. ANYBODY THAT ASSAULTS A L ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, I DON’T REALLY CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO HIM >> Michael: THAT OFFICER RAUL PEREZ, A 15-YEAR VETERAN OF POLICE FORCE de HE DID SURVIVE THAT ATTACK. IN FACT, HE IS BACK ON THE STREETS PATROLLING. AS FAR AS THAT DEFENDANT, HE IS NOW CHARGED WITH A SECOND DEGREE MURDER, ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND HE IS EXPECTED TO BE BACK IN A COURTROOM IN JANUARY.

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