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Two police officers were stabbed in the Brussels district of Schaarbeek on Wednesday, a Federal Prosecutor's Office spokesman said.
The officers were checking a man when he pulled out a knife and attacked them, HLN reported.One officer suffered a knife wound to the neck while the other suffered a wound to the abdomen.A third officer was punched in the face as the suspect resisted arrest.
Belgian counter terror prosecutors stepped in to investigate the incident, an indication the case was being treated as a possible militant attack.It was one of two incidents which sent a scare through Brussels on Wednesday.Earlier, a bomb threat at the Brussels-North train station turned out to be a false alarm.
Schaerbeek is one of the Brussels neighbourhoods that have been tied to Islamist extremism - along with Molenbeek - following the attacks.Schaerbeek was home to ISIS bomb maker Najim Laachraoui, one of two suicide bombers who killed innocent people at Brussels Airport.
Studies by the Force Science Research Center reveal some of the practical problems with these positions. Lewinski explains some of the basics of human dynamics and anatomy and the relative risks of misses and hits:
"Hands and arms can be the fastest-moving body parts. For example, an average suspect can move his hand and forearm across his body to a 90-degree angle in 12/100 of a second. He can move his hand from his hip to shoulder height in 18/100 of a second.
"The average officer pulling the trigger as fast as he can on a Glock, one of the fastest- cycling semi-autos, requires 1/4 second to discharge each round.
"There is no way an officer can react, track, shoot and reliably hit a threatening suspect's forearm or a weapon in a suspect's hand in the time spans involved.
"Even if the suspect held his weapon arm steady for half a second or more, an accurate hit would be highly unlikely, and in police shootings the suspect and his weapon are seldom stationary. Plus, the officer himself may be moving as he shoots.
"The upper arms move more slowly than the lower arms and hands. But shooting at the upper arms, there's a greater chance you're going to hit the suspect's brachial artery or center mass, areas with a high probability of fatality. So where does shooting only to wound come in when even areas considered by some to 'safe' from fatality risk could in fact carry the same level of risk as targeting center mass?
"Legs tend initially to move slower than arms and to maintain more static positions. However, areas of the lower trunk and upper thigh are rich with vascularity. A suspect who's hit there can bleed out in seconds if one of the major arteries is severed, so again shooting just to wound may not result in just wounding.
"On the other hand, if an officer manages to take a suspect's legs out non-fatally, that still leaves the offender's hands free to shoot. His ability to threaten lives hasn't necessarily been stopped."