Cops: South Philly man stabbed off-duty officer

Posted: March 23, 2014

A SOUTH PHILLY man was in police custody last night after he allegedly stabbed an off-duty policeman late Thursday in a expletive-ridden rage.

William Johnson, 39, of Morris Street near 4th, is accused of attacking the officer - a 19-year veteran whose name the Daily News is withholding - and a bartender outside the Venture Inn, on Camac Street near Spruce in Center City, police said.

Johnson was arrested yesterday afternoon while he slept in some bushes on 11th Street near Pine, police said. He was being treated for injuries at Hahnemann University Hospital last night, and hadn't been formally arraigned in the attack.

Chief Inspector Scott Small, who responded to the scene, said Johnson approached the two outside the bar about 11:30 p.m. and started an argument with them.

When the off-duty officer, 49, identified himself as a cop to Johnson, he allegedly said "F--k you, and I don't give a f--k what you are," and then lashed out with a 4-inch folding knife, Small said.

The officer was stabbed twice in the torso and once in the leg in the scuffle, and was taken to Pennsylvania Hospital before being moved to the trauma center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, according to Small.

He was initially listed in critical condition, but was upgraded to stable "shortly after," he added.

The other victim was stabbed once in the chin, Small said. He was taken to Pennsylvania Hospital, treated and later released.

A manager at Venture Inn last night confirmed that man's identity as Tommy Martinez, 40, who was busy working behind the bar and unable to comment for this story.

The officer remained at Jefferson last night. A family member told the Daily News that no additional information was available.

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