A former New York City correction officer was sentenced Friday to serve five years in prison after he admitted to slashing a Nassau County police officer after an altercation at his Long Island home, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said April 4.
Christopher Sargeant, 34, of Hempstead, was ordered jailed for five years and compelled to pay more than $87,000 in restitution to cover the cost of the injured cop’s medical bills after pleading guilty last January to a second-degree assault charge, prosecutors said.
The charges stem from a March 25, 2012 incident when Nassau County police officers were called to a report of a man, who police identified as Sargeant, “pelting passing cars with rocks in Hempstead.” A patrol cop followed Sargeant from the scene as he drove to his home at 122 Emery Street in Hempstead. When he exited the car, Sargeant allegedly had a knife in his hand, the DA said.
According to police, Sargeant refused commands to drop the weapon and fled into the house, which led officers to pursue him. As they followed him into the home, a struggle ensued inside a laundry room and Sargeant was holding a 5-inch knife, police said at the time.
During the struggle, an Emergency Service Unit officer was “cut by Sargeant” and suffered a 4-inch laceration, officials have said. The 13-year veteran officer – who was not identified – needed surgery, but has fully recovered from his injuries, according to prosecutors.
At the time of the incident, police called Sargeant “emotionally disturbed” and said he was evaluated at Nassau University Medical Center after his arrest.
A source said Sargeant – who started working as a city correction officer in 2006 – had been on medical leave for a year before he was fired from his job at Riker’s Island about two weeks before the altercation.
Sargeant was also in court on Thursday for a separate case where he was sentenced to a year in jail for violating a stay-away order of protection. A spokesman for Rice’s office declined to identify Sargeant’s relationship to the victim in that case.
Prosecutors have said the sentence in that case will run concurrent with the assault sentence, meaning Sargeant will serve five years total for both matters.