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11-year-old attacks police officer with knife in Lowell

An 11-year-old boy is facing criminal charges after assaulting a Lowell police officer with a knife Sunday around 5 p.m., according to Lowell police Captain Tim Crowley.

The officer was on patrol in the area of 10 Read St. when he noticed a crowd of people gathering around a house, Crowley said.

When the officer approached, he saw the boy charge outside with a knife held over his head, aiming for another boy standing outside.

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The officer intervened and was cut once on his finger and once on his elbow.

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He was treated on the scene and then taken to Lowell General Hospital for further assistance, Crowley said. The officer will be off duty until his wounds heal.

Crowley said an incident involving a child this young is uncommon in Lowell.

“Kids should be out riding their bikes and having fun, not attacking each other with knives,” he said.

The boy was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a police officer.

Alyssa Meyers can be reached at alyssa.meyers@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @ameyers_.