For Sgt. Kimberly Watkins, it was a strange call. A man had contacted 911, claiming to have been abducted, but other odd things he was saying just didn’t add up.
"Our dispatch center received a 911 call from the subject who claimed he had been abducted and making other statements that didn't seem to be making sense," reported ABC 7.
Watkins, a 26-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department east of Los Angeles, drove to the place the man was calling from Monday morning. It was just outside a Hobby Lobby store in Rancho Cucamonga, according to KTLA 5.
When she spotted the man and approached him to render aid, he pulled out a large knife and began brutally stabbing her. As she was being attacked, Watkins managed to pull out her gun and shoot at the man three times but only grazed him in the leg.
Then, despite her injuries, she was able to get on top of him and hold him down until backup arrived and took him into custody.
"I don't know how deep it got ... (or) what kind of weapon he used. He got her good — got her in the head and got her in the shoulder. But, for the gal that she was, she did very well," said Jonathon Schultz, who saw the attack happen from a distance away as he did electrical maintenance work on the Hobby Lobby building.
He added that Watkins "kept her composure very well and did what she was supposed to do."
Sheriff John McMahon confirmed that “She does have a stab wound in the shoulder that they’re treating, as well as a couple of lacerations on her face and head.”
Watkins was initially listed in critical but stable condition after being rushed to the hospital. She is expected to survive her numerous injuries. Many people prayed for her and shared their thoughts on the sheriff’s department’s Facebook page.
“These are the dangers they face daily!” wrote Billy Fleig. “And people get mad at them when they get pulled over for speeding or whatever. Get well ma’am, here’s to a full recovery. And all the other LEO’s out there: stay safe and be vigilant.”
“Thank you Sgt Watkins for your years of courageous service. I'm praying for your full and speedy recovery. God bless you and all of our brave women and men in uniform,” commented Lynne Ann Koza.
Janet Loun added, “God Bless you Officer Watkins for your dedicated service! I pray you heal quickly and can get back to your normal life soon!”
“Where is the media outrage for this?” asked Vonnie Lopez.
Please pray for Watkins full recovery! Please continue to pray for the safety of the men and women who serve and protect us despite what seems to be an increase of attacks on them in the past couple years. In other news, Hershey is releasing its first new bar in 22 years, and it’s not made out of chocolate.