A Columbus police officer was stabbed in his right hand early today during a traffic stop on Oates Avenue, police said.
Officer Jason Swails, 36, was treated at The Medical Center for an inch-long puncture wound to his right hand and released after the 2:45 a.m. incident, said police Lt. Lynn Joiner.
An outstanding warrant has been issued for the suspect who will be charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.
"It could have been worse if he didn't get his hand up," Joiner said of Swails.
Police have searched for the suspect in number of locations but have not been successful. "We've had no luck," he said.
Relatives of the suspect are working with police, trying to get the suspet to turn himself in to authorities.
The stabbing stems from a traffic stop Swails made on a vehicle displaying a stolen license plate near 40th Street. Shortly after the stop, the officer said one of the occupants in the vehicle had stabbed him with knife.