Off-duty officer stabbed at store

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ATHENS, Ga. --- An off-duty Athens-Clarke County police officer was stabbed repeatedly Tuesday night while working as a security guard in a Kroger store.

Sgt. Courtney Gale was in critical condition Wednesday morning at St. Mary's Hospital with several stab wounds and a number of defensive wounds, Athens-Clarke County police said.

Sgt. Gale, 31, was working a side job when someone told her a man was opening packages of meat in the store, and when she approached the man he "wantonly and viciously" attacked her with a knife that police said was stolen from the store.

A nurse who was shopping at the Alps Road Kroger possibly saved Sgt. Gale's life, police said.

"That, and the fact she was so close to the hospital," Athens-Clarke County police Maj. Carter Green said.

A group of people in the store broke up the attack, and some of the people chased the assailant when he ran from the store, then helped officers arrest him by keeping them informed of his whereabouts, police said.

Steven Anthony Eberhart, 44, of Parkview Homes, was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault and felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Sgt. Gale, a supervisor with the Athens-Clarke County police robbery/homicide squad, has served on the police force since 1998.

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AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 12/13/07 - 03:38 am
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My one question would be,

My one question would be, where was her gun and why didn't she use it?

butterflygina
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butterflygina 12/13/07 - 04:33 am
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I think the regular security

I think the regular security folks only have stuff like pepper spray and clubs. She probably didn't even have a chance to grab a weapon. The thief/attempted murderer was in that store for a fight.

butterflygina
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butterflygina 12/13/07 - 04:34 am
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You can't do your job or go

You can't do your job or go the mall without somebody acting stupid and trying to kill you.

Ole School
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Ole School 12/13/07 - 04:59 am
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GOD help us in Law

GOD help us in Law enforcement , for this could happen to COPS and PRISON OFFICERS EVERYDAY I sure wish the public could see the danger then they would not be so prone to scream POLICE brutality

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/13/07 - 08:22 am
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Because of the physical

Because of the physical differences between men and women, things like this can happen whenever the female doesn't have her gun drawn. S&W makes us all equal in a fight.

ripjones
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ripjones 12/13/07 - 09:28 am
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Hopefully, they will fry his

Hopefully, they will fry his [filtered word] in oil, but probably will get a public defender that will take the insanity defense. He'll be painted as an oppressed person, living in the projects (Parkview).

pursesshoes all day
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pursesshoes all day 12/13/07 - 10:18 am
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how awful , i think cops

how awful , i think cops should carry their guns all day .i know in N.Y they do

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 12/13/07 - 10:50 am
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I would imagine she was

I would imagine she was carrying a weapon but due to bystanders was not safely able to use it for fear of hitting an innocent person standing nearby. One more thought, is these things usually escalate so fast she may have been surprised with the knife. Been there, done that. That's why I'm in private industry today.

426Hemi
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426Hemi 12/13/07 - 10:58 am
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Too bad vigilante justice

Too bad vigilante justice wasn't carried out, and get rid of scum like this! Where in the article does it say the assailant was larger, more physically fit than the officer? The only "physical" difference as described in the story (as we know it,) and the conclusion; is that his advantage was the knife. Any slug could be brought down by a good swift kick to the nether regions. I don't see it as man vs. woman. She, I assume, had experience in self-defense as an officer, but was over-run by a deranged [filtered word]. I totally agree IF you've got a fire-arm, draw-down and ask questions later, even if the perpetrator is female.

noway
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noway 12/13/07 - 11:27 am
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That is a ridiculous, ignoran

That is a ridiculous, ignoran comment patricia. She was a police officer and probably had her gun. You don't just walk up to people with your gun drawn, expecting everyone to stab you. That was a mad man, and it could have happened to a man just as well as a woman. I hope I don't ever see you on the streets.

intheknow
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intheknow 12/13/07 - 11:43 am
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NOWAY, I hope that your

NOWAY, I hope that your comment in NO WAY a threat to Patricia? The facts are that "routine" encounters are the ones that will mostly get those of us in Law Enforcement killed.

Bing0
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Bing0 12/13/07 - 12:41 pm
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This nut needs to spend the

This nut needs to spend the rest of his life in prison.
NOWAY needs to be his boyfriend.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 12/13/07 - 01:24 pm
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All LEO's can carry off duty,

All LEO's can carry off duty, but, there are way too many stipulations. Better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6 though. I appreciate the people that helped out instead of running or just watching.

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pablobristly 12/14/07 - 11:05 am
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to clear some things up she

to clear some things up she was most likely working an off-duty special where cops can earn extra income off duty which means she was in complete uniform and yes she had a gun. If she was close enough to get stabbed then she had no time to draw - thats been proven over and over before.

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