Zikuski: Quick Decision Saved Woman's Life

By Brandi Devine

August 24, 2012 Updated Aug 27, 2012 at 10:32 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A quick decision saves a life. Binghamton Police shoot and arrest a man after they found him stabbing his girlfriend at 6 Miles Street Thursday night.

That's according to Police Chief Joseph Zikuski who addressed the media Friday about Thursday night's shooting and stabbing.

They arrested and charged Ralph G. Townsend, 53, for stabbing his live-in girlfriend.

Binghamton Police responded to a 911 call from the second floor apartment just before 8 p.m. Thursday.

After several attempt to have Townsend open the door two officers broke into the apartment after they heard screaming from the apartment bedroom from the victim.

Captain Pat McCormick and officer Daniel Burns were of the first to respond.

McCormick fired two shots at Townsend, hitting him in the back.

"He was on top of her on the bed. She was on the bed. He was on top of her stabbing her as they entered the bedroom," said Zikuski.

Townsend and the victim were taken to Wilson Hospital where he suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The victim remains in the Intensive Care Unit after undergoing surgery Thursday night.

Binghamton Police say the investigation is still ongoing.

- Attempted Murder, Second Degree
- Assault, First Degree
- Criminal Possession of a Weapon.