Massachusetts police officer stabbed in chest

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police officer has been stabbed in the chest by a man suspected of setting a fire.

Ryan Walsh, a Springfield police spokesman, says the officer stabbed at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday is expected to survive thanks to a protective chest plate. The officer’s name has not been released.

Walsh says the officer was among several who assisted at the scene of a house fire.

A suspect was quickly identified but had fled.

When the suspect was later spotted, he turned toward an officer chasing him and stabbed him.

The suspect was identified as 39-year-old Ruben Barrero. He was charged with attempted murder, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and arson.

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He faces arraignment Thursday. It could not be determined if he has a lawyer.

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