VIDEO: Missouri officer attacked during traffic stop
ST. LOUIS (WKRC) - A Missouri police officer was attacked during what began as a routine traffic stop.
The Calverton Park officer pulled a 43-year-old Markarios Kirkwood over for speeding.
The officer told KTVI that he thought Kirkwood might be intoxicated.
"I'm thinking DWI. With the speed, he was going and the way he stopped, I was thinking DWI the whole way through."
The officer approached the car, asked for Kirkwood's driver's license and insurance information.
Kirkwood provided one of the documents, but then began rumbling around the car.
That's when the officer asked him to step out of the vehicle for a sobriety test.
Kirkwood had a pocket knife on him and reached for it multiple times.
Then, Kirkwood attacked the officer, tackled him to the ground and reached for the officer's gun.
After a two-and-a-half-minute struggle, the officer got Kirkwood in handcuffs and called for backup.
"Our unwritten rule is always make it home and in this case he did so and that`s the number one goal. Always make it home from your job," Calverton Park Police Chief Vince Deila said.
Kirkwood is charged with assault and is being held on $50,000 bond.