Rookie cop stops stabbing on his way home from work (VIDEO)

A rookie cop with the Miami Police Department is being hailed a hero after he stopped a brutal stabbing attack of a woman Sunday morning.

Authorities say the officer was off-duty and on his way home from work when they received a call about a woman in distress.

The officer apparently tried to stop the attack before he eventually fired at the suspect, killing him. The officer then rendered aid to the woman as best he could until she was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The woman, who was seriously injured, was last listed in good condition.

“This officer was a hero,” said Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz. “If he didn’t take the action he did, the woman would have died.”

Ortiz said it was a case of the officer being in the right place at the right time.

“He did everything possible to save this woman. He was in the right place at the right time, on his way home and he saw a crime being committed,” Ortiz said. “There was nothing else he could have done to prevent a heinous crime.”

Ortiz said the officer, who has been with the force less than a year, is upset over the incident.

“This affects all of us. The last thing we want to do is take someone’s life,” Ortiz said.

[ CBS Miami ]