MIAMI (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The Florida detective stabbed by a prisoner who he was transporting through Grapevine spoke with the media on Thursday, saying that one thought ran through his mind as he was being attacked: “I’m not going down.”
“That’s what we’re trained to do,” Miami-Dade Police Department Det. Jaime Pardinas said after his return to Miami. “We’re trained to survive.”
Pardinas and another detective were transporting Alberto Morales from Miami to Nevada to serve a 30-year-to-life sentence for sexual assault when the prisoner attacked him with the sharp piece of a pair of eyeglasses.
At a news conference on Thursday, officials did not allow Pardinas to answer questions about the attack, saying that it was still under investigation. But the officer later said, in Spanish, that he and Morales were engaged in a hand-to-hand fight inside the vehicle when the prisoner attacked. “He caught me by surprise,” Pardinas said. “But he wasn’t expecting me to put up such a fight.”
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