An off-duty police officer was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon after being stabbed inside his home in Queens. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.
The hunt was on for a suspect after the NYPD got a call that one of their own, police officer Rishi Gobin, was stabbed. Working under the assumption that this was a home invasion, officers scoured his 170th Street neighborhood in Jamaica, looking for clues.
"I knew something happened because the police presence was strong and they came fast," said one resident.
Police say Gobin was inside his home when he was stabbed once on his right side. No vital organs were struck.
"He was the only one in the house, we believe, at this time," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Officer Gobin was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.
Those who know the officer were pulling for him.
"I feel very bad about it," said one resident. "Because we are all in the same community or whatever. We all look out for each other and all that,"
Gobin is 34 years old and is in his fifth year on the job. He currently works in the Bronx out of the 42nd Precinct.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly visited the officer as the NYPD continues its investigation into exactly what happened.
"We know that he does call 911," Kelly said. "He makes the call. Certainly, on the call, he did not say there was a struggle."
But what happened before that is still unclear.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.