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Cuban national ordered held on $200,000 bond in Miami cop stabbing

Jose Carvajal-Lopez, 28, accused of stabbing officer at Magic City Casino

A Miami police officer was stabbed during a struggle with a patron at the Magic City Casino.

MIAMI – A judge has raised the bond for a Cuban national who is accused of stabbing a Miami police officer who was working off duty at the Magic City Casino.

Jose Carvajal-Lopez, 28, who remains at Jackson Memorial Hospital after being shot by the officer, has been ordered to be taken into custody and held in lieu of $200,000 bond.

Carvajal-Lopez is charged with attempted second-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.

Police said casino staff requested help from officers just before 1 a.m. Thursday to remove a belligerent patron from the premises.

During the confrontation, Officer Raul Perez and Carvajal-Lopez ended up wrestling on the floor, police said.

According to an arrest report, Carvajal-Lopez appeared to be intoxicated and tried to stab Perez in the face and neck.

The officer was stabbed once in the cheek and fired a single shot at Carvajal-Lopez before another officer could subdue the suspect, the report said.

Perez was also taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital and was later released.

A prosecutor told the judge Wednesday that Carvajal-Lopez is in serious but stable condition.

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