SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -

A Santa Cruz police officer was stabbed in the leg Monday by a suicidal subject he was trying to apprehend, according to Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark.

Two officers responded around 6 p.m. after the family of Michael Paquette, 27, reported that he was suicidal and had cut his wrists before fleeing.

The two officers located Paquette hiding in some bushes behind a store on Soquel Avenue. He was bleeding from the wrists and not responding to officers' commands.

The officers approached and attempted to take Paquette into custodyf for treatment, but he lashed out with a pocket knife, stabbing one of the officers in the leg, just below the knee. He tried to stab the other officer in the face, but she was able to deflect the knife.

The injured officer discharged his stun gun, striking Paquette and causing him to fall to the ground and drop the knife. He was then taken into custody and brought to Dominican Hospital for medical treatment. He later was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer, Clark said.

The injured officer was treated and released at Dominican Hospital. He is home recovering from the stab wound.