Police on the scene of a fellow officer stabbed during a confrontation at a gas station. (Source: CBS4)
MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Miami-Dade Police Officer Mario Gutierrez's condition continues to improve at Jackson Memorial Hospital less than 24 hours after he was stabbed multiple times with a screwdriver while trying to handle a bizarre situation at a gas station near Miami International Airport.
According to Miami-Dade police, Officer Guiterrez, 54, is in good spirits at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He's alert and surrounded by his family and friends.
Tuesday evening, the officer was at the Shell gas station at 2501 NW 42nd Avenue.
The clerk said Officer Gutierrez has been stopping at the gas station for the past four or five years. He happened to be there when a man set fire to an underground gas tank.
Police have now identified him as 51-year old Dominique Jean who was arrested last year for aggravated assault with a knife.
According to the clerk, the Jean grabbed a nozzle from a nearby gas pump and tried to pump gasoline into the hole.
"He walks over to the pump. He pours gasoline inside the hole to set them ablaze," said the store clerk Manny Fidalgo to a translator.
Police Union President John Rivera also said Jean wanted to burn down the entire station.
Gutierrez hit an emergency shutoff valve to prevent any more gas from spilling and then walked up to the Jean who was still messing with the tank.
At some point, Gutierrez fired his electronic stun gun at the Jean, but it didn't work, which is being investigated by police. Jean then allegedly cut Officer Gutierrez with a knife with at least a seven-inch blade.
The officer was able to get the knife away from him at which point Jean allegedly pulled a screwdriver and began stabbing the officer with it, according to police.
Police said Officer Gutierrez called for help on his radio and then grabbed his own gun and fired. Jean died on the scene, according to police.
It's not known why Gutierrez's taser did not work.
"He certainly feared for the lives of those people at the gas station and those working around the gas station," said Rivera.
According to police, Officer Gutierrez has wounds all over his hands and back.
"It's multiple. It's all over his arms, along his back. He almost had his thumb bitten off," said Rivera.
Fellow officers didn't wait for rescue workers to get there and took the injured officer to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital via their patrol cars.
"As we see day in and day out the streets are getting more violent," said Rivera.
Surveillance cameras at the gas station reportedly recorded the entire incident but police have taken the video and the recording device into evidence.
Gutierrez remains at Jackson Memorial Hospital and his wife and stepson are by his side. The stepson is also a Miami-Dade Police officer.
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