Wisconsin Officer Ambushed At Police Station, Stabbed Repeatedly

Sandy Malone

An Appleton police officer was stabbed multiple times on Tuesday morning by a man who was waiting at the police station.

Appleton, WI – An Appleton police officer was ambushed and stabbed in the police department parking lot early on Tuesday morning.

The Appleton Police Department said in a post on their official Facebook page that the officer who was wounded had reported a vehicle following him for an extended distance at about 2:17 a.m. on March 31.

The officer advised dispatch and learned the same vehicle had been following officers in other jurisdictions, too.

He attempted to affect a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle but the driver fled.

The police department said the officer did not chase the vehicle because there were no serious charges.

The officer returned to the Appleton police station at about 4:15 a.m. and noticed the suspect vehicle was parked on the street outside the station parking lot, according to the Facebook post.

Then he saw a man standing by the employee entrance to the police department.

Appleton police said the officer tried to speak to the man but the suspect immediately charged at him, wielding a kitchen knife.

The suspect – later identified as 49-year-old Troy J. VanGrinsven – attacked the officer and stabbed him multiple times, WLUK reported.

"The subject had concealed his right hand behind his leg and appeared to be holding something in it,” Appleton Police Chief Todd Thomas said in the police statement. “The officer created distance between him and the individual, while trying to identify what the male was concealing. The male attacked the officer.”

Police officials said the officer fought back and took the violent suspect to the ground even as he continued to try and stab him.

Additional officers responded to help take VanGrinsven into custody and a second officer was cut in the process, according to the police department’s Facebook post.

“During the attack, the subject stabbed the officer several times with a kitchen-style knife. The officer fought back and brought the male on the ground,” Chief Thomas said. “Additional officers responded and were able to get the subject under control and into custody. One of the other officers involved also suffered a cut, from the subject’s knife, to one of their hands.”

Both wounded officers were transported to the hospital where they were treated and released, WLUK reported.

Appleton police said VanGrinsven was also taken to the hospital and would be transferred to the jail following his medical release.

“It is only because of the outstanding tactical skills, and the mental and physical fitness of the officer involved, that this incident didn’t end more tragically,” Chief Thomas said. “These are the threats that all our law enforcement officers are facing more frequently. No matter what uniform they wear, we thank all of them, and their family members, for the sacrifices they make every day to serve their communities.”

VanGrinsven was charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and battery to a police officer, WLUK reported.

Appleton police said additional charges were expected as the investigation progressed.

Comments (48)
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JBoH
JBoH

Maybe all the current drama that's going on in the country is bringing out the loons.

Scorpion3176
Scorpion3176

Should have shot the suspect Dead!! Don’t Let them live Shoot them dead!! These assholes have no rights they are lower than cockroaches!! Following officers around them stabs an officer at the police station no less!! Should have pumped him full of lead!!

gmayberry
gmayberry

Should have shoved that knife so far up his kiester he could poop from multiple locations! POS 💩!

WhiteKnight
WhiteKnight

There was enough suspicious activity that there should have been no question but to shoot to kill. Because he didn't, he sustained multiple stab wounds, lucky he isn't dead.

justmike
justmike

Praying for the officers! They got lucky. The guy should have been put down rather than clog up the system with a psycho.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Only one problem I see with this incident. Suspect is still alive.

Whatyouknow
Whatyouknow

There is more to this story than you know, and if the media is fair, it will report on the additional details shortly. Sad to see the remarks stated, showing how far humanity has sunk. Comforting to know that the officers didn't suffer more than they did, and this wasn't something much worse in the end. But there are many people suffering because of this now.

Quasar704
Quasar704

“Usual suspect”?

538 central K
538 central K

Why wasnt this savage shot?

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Ken Curtis
Ken Curtis

Obviously, someone didn't pull their gun or the trigger. Are you studying for your PhD in criminal behavior?

Woobie46
Woobie46

Just so you understand: When an officer of the law is injured, whether by a gun or a knife or an ambush or in any way, we tend to take a VERY DIM VIEW of the act and the perp. IF you don't, then you shouldn't be on here. IF you can't understand the frustration of the people wishing this asshat dead, you shouldn't be on here. Don't give me any baloney about "mental illness", either. It's one excuse after another by the bleeding hearts, such as yourself, in these types of situations. I would rather a person who would attack a police officer be buried than released to try it again. Next time, he will probably murder an unsuspecting LEO.

Whatyouknow
Whatyouknow

He actually IS mentally ill and on medication.

Woobie46
Woobie46

I don't care. He tried to kill a police officer. I'm sick of two excuses: he was mentally ill and I'm black so you are just picking on me. These are NOT good enough to allow people to get away with all the mayhem they cause. IF the "mentally ill" are SO messed up that they would do something like this, they need to be institutionalized for the rest of their life or jailed for the rest of their life. Why was he out there shadowing police officers if he was "medicated"? What happened to morals? What happened to common sense? This guy is a wannabe killer.

Whatyouknow
Whatyouknow

When someone has a known mental illness that is being controlled by medications, sometimes said medications don't work the way the doctors, psychiatrists, and mental health staff (experts) expect them to, or their effect gets diminished over time. So adjustments to the doses or a change of medication are conducted. It takes time to get the dose correct to control the problem, or even to find an effective medication. During this transition, it can be a very confusing time for the patient. Maybe monitoring outpatient care cases more carefully or being kept in a mental health facility during the transition period are possible answers. But many health insurance policies don't cover that, nor does our government seem to be concerned. A lot of people are allowed to "fall through the cracks" of the system, and many more can't afford the treatment. That's not an "excuse", but rather, a fact. So, I'm curious to find out what you think should be done to the 46.6 million Americans (Source: 2017) https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness.shtml) that suffer from a mental illness, some who might actually be reading these comments? Are you willing to pay more taxes to keep ALL OF THEM institutionalized or jailed for the rest of their lives? Or WHO decides which get institutionalized or which are allowed to live in their communities? And how do you prevent them from acting out when their medications don't control their condition? You see, it's just a little more complicated than "I don't care. He tried to kill a police officer."

Woobie46
Woobie46

It's no more complicated than what used to happen ... you institutionalize people until they no longer are a danger to themselves or others. This worked for so many years...why wouldn't it work now? I guess if I gotta pay more in taxes to keep these dangerous, ugly, hateful people off the street, then yes, I will pay more in taxes. DO NOT try to blame the closure of the mental institutions on Ronald Reagan either. Read up on that if you have any serious interest in how this can be done. I am against housing the people in 'home residence'...it is a lot like the wonderful monitoring ankle bracelet bs...it's great, right up until someone gets further injured by the scum that is out there. And try, harder, to see that killing/attempting to kill can NEVER be excused by that tired old 'well, he's mentally ill' bs. I still DO NOT CARE what excuse they come up with...Son of Sam was pretty 'unstable' and yet they threw him in prison. Charlie Manson was clearly mentally deranged and would have been executed for his crimes if he wasn't arrested and jailed in CA. I'm sure Jack the Ripper was mad as a hatter...but NONE of these people should be on our streets whether that means life in prison or life in an institution...they need to be locked down.

Whatyouknow
Whatyouknow

I have no problem with Reagan's past administration. Troy is responsible for what he did, weather it was the condition or not that caused him to do it.

Quasar704
Quasar704

😂😂😂

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The war on police continues. The police baiting by Black Lies Matter, "liberal" politicians, and the Corrupt Liberal News Media has its consequences.

Viking24
Viking24

There is no question that the animal that did this was using deadly force. The only justification for the officer not shooting the suspect is that he didn’t have time to draw his weapon. If that is the case, the officer definitely got to close to the suspect before being able to see his hands. Prayers for the officers!

CelticGyrl
CelticGyrl

This ended so much better than our own attack in May 2019.

NFPD103
NFPD103

I am glad the officers are ok, this should not have come to this point that any and every excuse to attack officers is ok. I really don't care what excuse people want to give this guy at this point once he started stalking officers he showed he is capable of logical thought and a danger. he wasn't shot because of the current political attack on law enforcement we have been living in. He should have been shot for his actions.

Toni2018
Toni2018

I repeat, anyone who harms or kills an officer should get two bullets.. Outrageous.
I thank God, the officers were released.. Prayers.

bryantrent
bryantrent

What a SOB

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

COPS DONT SHOOT TO KILL THEY SHOOT TO STOP THE THREAT ONE WELL PLACED BULLET WOULD DO THE JOB : ) THOSE COPS NEED MORE K-9 UNITS


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