A Harrisburg man jailed for stabbing his mother and three city police officers has been charged with four counts of attempted homicide.
Lamarkus Williams, 30, also faces three felony counts of aggravated assault on police and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and possession of instruments of crime, city police said in a news release Monday.
Authorities said the officers were attempting to arrest Williams early Sunday for stabbing his 57-year-old mother at a home in the 600 block of Oxford Street during a possible mental episode.
The mother had gone to the home to help her son and was stabbed in the face and chest, police said.
Williams met the officers at the door while holding a large piece of wood. He began to swing the board at the officers, who attempted to use a stun gun on Williams before he retreated into the house, police said.
When the officers went in after him, Williams armed himself with a knife and stabbed the three officers as they tried to take him into custody, police said. One of the injured officers was able to Taser and subdue Williams, who was then taken into custody without any harm to him.
"The inside of the house was so dark that the officers did not know that he had this weapon on him," Acting Police Chief Thomas Carter said at a public safety briefing. "It was hostile situation due to the mental health capacity of this young man."
The officers - Officer Duane Pyles, Officer Edwin Powell and Officer Christopher Auletta - were treated at Harrisburg Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and released.
Two of them sustained stab wounds in the back or arm and the other received a slice across the head, police said.
It is unclear when they will be able to return to work.
"They had to use a great deal of restraint without deadly force because, quite frankly, it could have been worse for the assailant," Mayor Linda Thompson said.
Williams's mother was transported to Penn State Hershey Medical Center for treatment and reportedly was listed in critical condition.
Williams was sent to Dauphin County Prison on $1 million cash bail. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for August 28.