Rio Blanco sheriff recovering from being stabbed

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Rio Blanco County’s sheriff was stabbed Thursday and underwent surgery to “repair the wound” at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, according to a press release from the county.

Sheriff Si Woodruff was stabbed while he was attempting to arrest an adult white male and initially was taken to Pioneers Hospital in Meeker and later transferred to Grand Junction.

“An adult white male was being taken into custody, (and) during the contact, he assaulted Rio Blanco County Sheriff Si Woodruff,” according to the release. “Today, we are happy to report that he is doing good following the surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery. Sheriff Woodruff is expected to be discharged from the hospital in the very near future and be able to return to his home in Meeker.”

Police Chief Robert Hervey also was involved in the attempted arrest, but he was not injured, according to the press release.

The Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident and currently has limited information to release to the public and is not prepared to make a public statement at this time.

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