Opelousas Police Officer Stabbed While Trying to Break Up Bar Fight - KLFY News 10

November 6, 2006

Opelousas Police Officer Stabbed While Trying to Break Up Bar Fight

An Opelousas police officer is recovering after being stabbed while trying to break up a bar fight.

Shortly after 3:00am on Sunday morning, Opelousas police officers responded to reports of a fight that broke out on South Street at Academy Street.

They say the fight happened after a large crowd left one of the 24-hour bars in Opelousas.

Officer Cornel Baptiste arrived on scene and attempted to break up the fight.

At that point, one suspect began to struggle with the officer.

The suspect stabbed Baptiste and fled the scene.

An hour later, the suspect was picked up at his home on the 1300 block of Fern Street.

29-year-old Wayne Hill was arrested and charged with aggravated assault of a police officer and aggravated assault of a second man who was injured on the scene.

Cornel Baptiste was taken to a local hospital, where he received two stitches.

OPD officials say this isn't the first time an officer has been injured while breaking up a bar brawl.

Lt. Dwaine Grimmett says there was another incident where an officer got his leg broken two months ago.

We are told that Cornel Baptiste is in good condition Monday and Dwayne Hill is still in the St. Landry Parish jail.

Officers say they are in favor of a city ordinance that would close the bars at 2:00am.

This issue is expected to be re-introduced at the next city council meeting, which is scheduled for November 14th.

Katherine Whaley, TV 10 Eyewitness News

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