ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — St. Paul police say an officer’s body armor prevented serious injuries when a suspected shoplifter tried to stab him in the chest with a screwdriver.

The Ramsey County Attorney’s office says police were called to Lund & Byerlys grocery store in downtown St. Paul Monday night where employees reported a woman shoplifting. An officer providing security while working off-duty at the store confronted 23-year-old Articia Latroyce Moore and fought with her. Police say she took out a screwdriver and tried to stab the officer, but it didn’t penetrate his vest.

Police say the officer suffered a cut to his arm. Other officers arrived to help handcuff Moore. She’s facing a possible charge of felony assault.

According to police, Moore has been involved in physical altercations with police before, resulting in assault charges. She could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted

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