A Bensalem police officer was stabbed in the stomach this afternoon by a prison escapee, authorities said.
The officer stopped Matthew Shane Miller, 23, who was walking on Woodhaven Road near the Franklin Mills Mall, about 1:30 p.m., police said. Miller allegedly escaped from Bucks County Prison by walking away from work release.
When the officer recognized Miller and tried to handcuff him, the suspect jumped up and began to fight back, police said. He allegedly pulled a knife from his pocket and lunged at the officer, stabbing him in the stomach.
Police said the officer's ballistic vest absorbed the brunt of the strike.
Miller then stole the officer’s marked Ford Explorer and sped off, police said. The vehicle was later found abandoned in the area of Knights Road and Fairdale Drive. Miller was caught near the Chalfont Playground, a short distance from the vehicle, police said.
The officer, identified as six-year department veteran Michael Jachimski, 38, escaped serious injury.
Miller was jailed on theft charges before his escape, Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran said Tuesday during a news conference.
Miller was arraigned Tuesday and charged with attempted homicide, escape, robbery of a motor vehicle, theft by unlawful taking, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and multiple counts of aggravated and simple assault, court records indicate.
He was imprisoned at the Bucks County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5 million bail.