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Off-duty police officer stabbed in Southern California

September 24, 2018

PLACENTIA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are again searching for a suspect in the stabbing of a Southern California police officer after a man detained after the attack was released from custody.

Officials say the off-duty Fullerton police officer was stabbed with a sharp object Saturday afternoon at a strip mall in Placentia.

The attacker ran from the scene.

Police detained a 19-year-old man, but later cleared and released him.

The officer was treated at a hospital for injuries officials said were serious but not life-threatening.

Police are searching for a suspect described as Latino, in his late teens or early twenties.

Investigators have not identified a motive for the attack.

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