A Salina Police Officer is recovering after being stabbed early Sunday, while a 29-year-old man is in custody in connection to the case.
On December 12, 2020, Officers of the Salina Police Department were dispatched to the 2100 block of Meadowlark for the report of an intoxicated male knocking on the back door of his ex-girlfriend’s residence. The caller reported the subject was Miguel Tostado, 29 year old male from Salina.
Officers located Tostado walking away from the residence behind several houses. Tostado was ordered to stop but refused and continued walking away. Officer Karl Scheppelmann secured Tostado’s left arm in an attempt to place him into handcuffs. Tostado pulled away and made a swinging motion at Officer Scheppelmann with his right hand. Officer Scheppelmann instantly disengaged and observed Tostado to be now holding a knife in his right hand. Tostado asked officers to shoot him and began walking away. Officer Scheppelmann deployed his Taser at Tostado striking him in the back which caused Tostado to fall to the ground and drop the knife at which point Tostado was placed into handcuffs.
It was at that time that Officer Scheppelmann realized that he had been stabbed in the lower left side of his back. The puncture type wound was approximately two inches wide.
Tostado had two active Saline County District Court warrants, one for Felony Obstruction and one for Aggravated Failure to Appear, as well as an active Salina Municipal Court warrant for Failure to Appear.
Tostado was arrested and booked into the Saline County Jail for Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Felony Interference with a Law Enforcement Office.
Officer Scheppelmann was treated and released from the hospital with no major organ or muscle damage. Officer Scheppelmann has been with the Salina Police Department for one year and served in the United States Army prior to joining the SPD.
A Salina Police Officer is recovering after being stabbed early Sunday.
Police say just after midnight an officer was attempting to make an arrest in the 2100 block of Meadowlark. A physical confrontation ensued and the officer was stabbed in his torso with a knife by the suspect. The suspect attempted to flee but was apprehended.
Miguel Alberto Tostado was arrested and booked into the Saline County Jail on charges which could include Aggravated Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer and other felony charges.
The officer was transported to Salina Regional Hospital where he was treated and later released. The officer will make a full recovery.
Additional information will be provided during the agency’s Monday briefing.
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Saline County Jail booking photo of Miguel Alberto Tostado