Two area residents are fighting for their life. It appears this possible attempted murder arose from an ongoing domestic dispute.
Madison police officers responded to a 9-1-1 call from a woman at the Madison Heights apartment complex at about 7 o'clock Saturday morning.
Witnesses say as an officer neared the complex a woman was screaming for help and running on a trail from the apartments to the police car. A male suspect was running after her.
"The suspect [was] caught here at the hood of the car and began stabbing her repeatedly. After several commands or attempts to get the suspect to stop, our officer was forced to shoot the suspect," said Madison Police Chief Rick Davis.
The officer shot the suspect more than once before he was subdued. The female victim and male suspect were rushed to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
"She got stabbed 13 times," said the victim’s mother, Janie Monlyn. "He broke in the house, and you know, it's just very sad, but she is okay. I went to the hospital and everything. He is in surgery."
The Madison Police Department is charging the suspect with attempted murder and armed burglary of a residence.
"I've asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state attorney's office to handle our investigation as far as the police-related shooting incident is concerned," added Chief Davis.
As routine policy, the officer who shot the suspect is now placed on administrative leave.
"Our family is very grateful to him for saving our daughter's life and our family is very sorry that he had to do something he probably didn't want to do," shared the victim’s mother.
Police Chief Davis says he anticipates the officer will return to work very soon. Authorities are not releasing the identities of the officer, victim or suspect at this time.
The suspect and victim were formerly boyfriend and girlfriend, but had broken up. The mother of the victim says they have known each other for a long time.