Woman attacks Mountain Brook police officer with bayonet

MOUNTAIN BROOK, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: Arrest warrants have been obtained for Vanessa Hirschowitz, 47 of Mountain Brook, for attempted murder, domestic violence in the third degree and resisting arrest. There is no bond for the charges at this time.

ORIGINAL: A Mountain Brook police officer is recovering after being attacked with a bayonet while responding to a domestic abuse call. Police chief Ted Cook said the officer was patrolling the area around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and came across an 85-year-old elderly woman walking down Brookwood road wearing night clothes and only one shoe.

“He stopped to be sure she was okay, and determined that it might be some sort of domestic incident at her residence, so he and other officers went to that location to further investigate,” said Mountain Brook Police Chief Ted Cook.

When they got to the residence, they searched the home for the possible offender, when a female jumped from under a blanket holding a bayonet or 18-inch long blade attempting to hit the officer in the head and neck area, “she swung a weapon at one of our officers striking him in the arm, the officers were able to forcibly take the suspect in the custody and disarm her,” Cook said.

Cook emphasized that this incident was isolated in light of recent attacks on officers across the country, “we think this is a separate, more isolated event, but it does demonstrate involved with officers on any given call that they may face,” he said. “This was really checking on welfare and something that was domestic really turned into something that could have been life threatening.”

Police said they are investigating the suspect’s mental health and currently do not know the extent of her psychiatric condition, “there is indication that she might have been treated for some issue recently at one of the local hospitals and we are following up with that to determine what extent that might be,” said Cook.

Cook said the officer received stitches, is doing okay and will unlikely miss time from work. The woman’s name is not being release until formal charges are brought by the Jefferson County district attorney’s office, “the charges we would like to go for is attempted murder, it could be assault on a police officer but I mean it’s attempted murder swinging that kind of a weapon at an officer in the head and neck area,” Cook said.

Police say the elderly woman was not harmed.

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