Constable Jeff Blair, a 12-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service, was stabbed on Sunday in the line of duty just before midnight.
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said police received a call that every officer hates to hear: An officer had been severely injured during an altercation with a suspect.
The officer was stabbed in the neck and the wound was severe.
An off-duty firefighter near the scene assisted with emergency medical service to take care of the wounded officer. Mike Salb was at home getting ready for bed when he heard "Stop, police" followed by a series of gunshots. Salb called 911 before rushing to the scene where he assisted Constable Blair who asked that his police radio and firearm be secured before getting medical help.
Blair was rushed to Sunnybrook Hospital and is now in stable condition after surgery.
The officer is expected to fully recover and his family is with him at this time.
According to the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) the suspect was shot and taken to hospital. His condition is unknown.
SIU is always called in when there is an injury to a suspect involving police.