YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Two Elmwood Park police officers were hospitalized in separate incidents yesterday and overnight — one who was overcome by a chemical spill and the other who was spit at by a mentally ill woman during a domestic violence call, authorities said.
Officers responded at 1:45 a.m. to a report of a woman threatening her boyfriend with a knife at a Boulevard garden apartment, Police Chief Michael Foligno told CLIFFVIEW PILOT hours later.
The victim was holding the six-inch kitchen knife, which Foligno said the accused assailant, 51-year-old Elizabeth Hausheer, threw at him.
Moments earlier, Hausheer “stood over the victim, brandishing the knife threatening to stab him,” the chief said. “The victim sprung to his feet and attempted to run.”
He picked up the knife after she threw it at him and fled the apartment while calling police, Foligno said.
Officers were questioning Hausheer when she “became uncooperative and aggressive towards the officers,” the chief said. “She spit in the face of one of the officers and some of the saliva entered the officer’s mouth and eyes.”
The officer was taken to HUMC “for treatment and follow-up testing,” was released and “will be out of work while under observation,” he said.
Hausheer was taken to Bergen Regional Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation prior to a transfer to the Bergen County Jail, where a judge ordered her held on $50,000 bail on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a police officer and weapons possession counts.
Hausheer briefly disappeared last December, leaving her pocketbook and prescription glasses behind, before she turned up unharmed.
Earlier yesterday, a borough officer was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with “difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and dizziness” after responding to a report of a strong odor at a Main Avenue residence at 3:45 p.m., Foligno said.
“Bergen County Haz Mat responded and subsequent investigation revealed that the substance was a chemical that was released as part of a controlled dump by Grant Chemical located on Main Avenue,” he said. “The Haz Mat team found no wrong doing on the part of the company.”
A damaged sewer line was likely to blame, the chief said, adding that DPW crews were following up today.
“The officer was treated and released and will be out of work for a few days recovering,” he said.
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