NY cop survives 'life-and-death' fight with man high on synthetic drugs

Officer Jasmine Olmstead is currently recovering


By Police1 Staff

BUFFALO, N.Y.  — An officer is on injury leave after a suspect high on synthetic drugs attacked her Sunday. 

According to The Buffalo News, Elijah Davis faked an injury in the middle of the street. When a driver stopped to help, Davis leaped into the front seat. The bystander, who has a valid pistol permit, shot Davis in the hand. The driver was able to get away and call police. 

Elijah Davis (Photo/Buffalo Police)
Elijah Davis (Photo/Buffalo Police)

Officer Jasmine Olmstead arrived on the scene to find Davis injured, the publication reported. 

When she asked if he was OK, Davis jumped onto the hood of the patrol car, then entered the vehicle and began punching Olmstead. 

District Chief Joseph A. Gramaglia said Davis then reached for the officer’s gun. 

"She wasn't in a position to call for backup. She fought him with her left arm and was taking punches the whole time while she was protecting her gun with her right arm,” Gramaglia said. “The officer was in a life-and-death fight.”

Olmstead fell out of the moving patrol vehicle while Davis was attacking her. By then, backup had arrived and officers attempted to break up the fight. 

“He was kicking other officers in the face and he tried to bite Officer Olmstead. Eventually, the other officers were able to subdue him," Gramaglia said.

Davis was treated at a local hospital where he admitted he smoked synthetic marijuana and molly. 

Olmstead was treated and is recovering.

Davis was charged with felony assault of a police officer, and misdemeanor charges of obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and harassment.

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