UPDATE (10/16 12:00 p.m.):
The suspect in the case has been formally charged with two felony counts. 51-year-old Donald Miller has been charged with robbery – menaces serious bodily injury and simple assault on a peace officer. According to Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin, Miller is still in the hospital.
The name of the Bismarck Police officer assaulted has not been released, but we do know it is a male with three and a half years experience with BPD as well as United States military veteran.
The motive for the attack is still unclear as the case is under investigation.
Bismarck Police say an officer was attacked Sunday morning.
Police say at 9:47 am a Bismarck officer was responding to the Bismarck Motor Motel on East Main Avenue in Bismarck.
Before the officer could get out of his squad car they say a suspect attacked him.
Chief Dan Donlin says the suspect punched the officer repeatedly in the head and was gouging his eyes.
The officer fought back and when he tried to tase the subject, that was ineffective,.
The officer then shot the suspect in the abdomen according to Chief Donlin.
The suspect was taken to a local hospital for surgery.
The officer is being treated at a local hospital for head wounds and serious eye injuries.
The case is under investigation.