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Tennille police officer stabbed in domestic call

A Tennille police officer was stabbed while responding to a domestic call at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Police were called to 513 Smith Street after a 68-year-old woman reported her son had hit her in the back with a walking cane, said Tennille Police Chief Joel Cochran.

When officer Bobby Whipple arrived to investigate, Earl McBride, 42, had barricaded himself in a bedroom, Cochran said. "Once Officer Whipple entered the room, Mr. McBride lunged at him with the knife and stabbed him once in the left abdomen and cut his left arm," Cochran said.

Whipple was treated and released from the hospital and hopes to be back to work later this week.

"I'm all right," Whipple said from his home Monday morning.

Cochran said officers from the Sandersville Police Deparment and Washington County Sheriff's Office helped arrest McBride at the scene.

"I would like to thank (them) for their quick response," Cochran said. "Without them it could have been tragic."

McBride is being held without bond in the Washington County jail on charges of two counts of felony obstruction of a police officer, simple battery under the family violence act, aggravated assault and aggravated battery and interfering with a 911 call as he is accused of ripping the phone cord out of a wall while his mother called for help, Cochran said.

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