Police: NC officer of year stabbed responding to sex assault

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. —

A North Carolina town's police officer of the year is recovering from a stabbing.

Hendersonville police said Sgt. Kenny Hipps was stabbed in the stomach between his bulletproof vest and gun belt on Sunday.
        
The chief said the knife was about five and a half inches long.

The chief said the officer's partner then shot and killed the suspect.

The officers were responding to a sex assault call when it quickly turned violent.

“We don't like use of force situations, but this was a case where they had to use force and we had an officer injured because of it,” said Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake.

Blake said the sergeant is expected to be OK. His partner was not hurt.

State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting as part of normal procedures.

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