Dobbs Ferry man indicted for stabbing police officer in the head while directing traffic

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A Dobbs Ferry man was indicted by a Westchester County Grand Jury for the attempted murder of a police officer after stabbing the officer in the head with a knife, Westchester District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced. Matthew Burke stabbed the uniformed police officer in his head as he was directing traffic at a construction site in the area of 200 Beacon Hill Drive during an unprovoked incident on May 20, 2021. The defendant was apprehended within a few minutes by members of the Dobbs Ferry Police Department with assistance of utility and construction workers who witnessed the violent attack.

Burke was indicted on the following counts:

  • Attempted Murder in the First Degree
  • Attempted Murder in the Second Degree
  • Aggravated Assault Upon a Police Officer
  • Assault in the First Degree (two counts)
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree
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“This aggressive attack of a police officer is shocking and shows the danger these public servants face in the line of duty,” DA Rocah said. “We are committed to ensuring justice for this officer and holding the attacker accountable for his actions.”