Officers arrived at the Charlotte home to find the man holding the girl at knife point. The girl’s mother fled after the man forced his way into the Charlotte home, police said in a news release. The woman managed to tell authorities that her daughter was still in the house with her stepfather.
Police said they tried to deescalate the situation, but the man, “without warning,” began to stab the girl.
“They were met with something that horrific, to see a 13-year-old getting stabbed, and they were left with no choice, Johnny Jennings, the chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, said, according to the Charlotte Observer. “The motive to stab a 13-year-old is something that is beyond comprehension for us.”
The paper reported that authorities did not identify the suspect or the teen.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating and the officer will be placed on paid administrative leave, a standard procedure after a shooting.
Fox 46 reported that Jennings called the responding officers heroic. The officer who fired the shot is distraught and upset that it came to this, but the department plans to get them whatever help they need, authorities told the station.
The Associated Press contributed to this report