POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Winter Haven police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that unfolded Wednesday after authorities walked in on a 35-year-old man stabbing a woman.
According to a release from the department, the shooting happened during a domestic disturbance call at a home along Isle Royal Court Southeast in Winter Haven. Officers responded to the home after a witness called 911 to report that 35-year-old Nathan Armstrong was stabbing a woman inside the home.
When officers arrived, they rushed into the house where they found Armstrong continuing to stab the woman. The officer ordered Armstrong to drop the knife, but he continued to stab the woman.
In response, the officer fired his weapon striking Armstrong in the leg. Once Armstrong was secured, officers began rendering aid to Armstrong and the victim.
Both were taken to the hospital where they remain with non-life-threatening injuries. No officers were injured during the incident.
“Our officer saved this victim’s life,” Winter Haven Police Chief David Brannan said. “Had our officer not taken the immediate action to stop Armstrong, the outcome for the victim could have been much worse.”
The Tenth Judicial Circuit Task Force, overseen by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, is handling an investigation into the officer-involved shooting.
Additional details were not released.