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Police officers applaud MTA Police Officer John Barnett (Credit: Charles Eckert)

Police officers applaud MTA Police Officer John Barnett as he is discharged from Jamaica Hospital Medical Center on Thursday. Officer Barnett was stabbed in the eye by an assailant at the Long Island Road Road's Jamaica station on July 4. (July 5, 2012)

MTA officer stabbed in eye

John Barnett, an MTA police officer from Central Islip, was stabbed in the eye by a knife-wielding Bronx man at the Long Island Rail Road's Jamaica Station on Wednesday morning, MTA officials said. Barnett then shot and killed the assailant. (July 4, 2012)

Police officers applaud MTA Police Officer John Barnett
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Police officers applaud MTA Police Officer John Barnett as he is discharged from Jamaica Hospital Medical Center on Thursday. Barnett was stabbed in the eye by a Bronx man on July 4 at the Long Island Rail Road's Jamaica station. (July 5, 2012)

John Barnett, the MTA officer from Central Islip
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

John Barnett, the MTA officer from Central Islip who was stabbed in the eye by a knife-wielding assailant July 4, leaves the hospital. (July 5, 2012)

Police officers applaud MTA Police Officer John Barnett
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Police officers applaud MTA Police Officer John Barnett as he is discharged from Jamaica Hospital Medical Center on Thursday. Officer Barnett was stabbed in the eye by an assailant at the Long Island Road Road's Jamaica station on July 4. (July 5, 2012)

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Officials released a photo of Edgar Owens from
(Credit: MTA)

Officials released a photo of Edgar Owens from a previous arrest. MTA officials said Owens, who was fatally shot during a struggle at the LIRR station in Jamaica, stabbed MTA Officer John Barnett in the left eye.

Belinda Barnett-Andrea, sister of MTA officer John Barnett,
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Belinda Barnett-Andrea, sister of MTA officer John Barnett, speaks to the media outside of Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where her brother was undergoing surgery after being stabbed in the eye Wednesday. (July 4, 2012)

MTA executive director Joseph Lhota, right, speaks at
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

MTA executive director Joseph Lhota, right, speaks at a news conference about the stabbing of MTA Officer John Barnett, 45, a 13-year-veteran of the MTA police force. At left is MTA Police Chief Michael Coan. (July 4, 2012)

Police investigate the scene at the LIRR Jamaica
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Police investigate the scene at the LIRR Jamaica station where an MTA officer was stabbed in the eye and his alleged assailant was fatally wounded. (July 4, 2012)

A police spokeswoman said an unnamed MTA officer
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

A police spokeswoman said an unnamed MTA officer who was stabbed in the eye at the Jamaica LIRR station was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and was undergoing a CT scan. (July 4, 2012)

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An investigation is conducted in front of the
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

An investigation is conducted in front of the LIRR's Jamaica station after an MTA officer from Central Islip was stabbed in the left eye as he struggled with a man armed with a knife, a police spokeswoman said. (July 4, 2012)

Passengers are momentarily prohibited from accessing their trains
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Passengers are momentarily prohibited from accessing their trains as an investigation is conducted on Sutphin Boulevard in front of the LIRR's Jamaica station after an MTA police officer was stabbed and the alleged assailant fatally wounded. (July 4, 2012)

An investigation is conducted on Sutphin Boulevard in
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

An investigation is conducted on Sutphin Boulevard in front of the LIRR's Jamaica station after an MTA police officer was stabbed and the alleged assailant fatally wounded. (July 4, 2012)

An investigation is conducted on Sutphin Boulevard in
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

An investigation is conducted on Sutphin Boulevard in front of the LIRR Jamaica station after an MTA officer was stabbed. A spokeswoman said the officer's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. (July 4, 2012)

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