Incident Summary:

05/29/2020: An assailant armed with a kitchen knife attempted to stab a police officer outside the City Hall building in Temple Terrace, Florida, United States. The assailant was shot and killed while one officer was injured in the attack. The assailant was identified as Heba Momtaz Alazhari. Her brother, Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, had been arrested five days earlier. In a reconstructed note found at her residence, she stated that she wanted to carry out a jihad in revenge for the arrest of her brother.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Temple Terrace

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Temple Terrace Police Department
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
An eight-inch kitchen knife was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Police: Woman killed after charging officer with knife," Associated Press Newswires, May 29, 2020.
"Woman killed in City Hall incident; Police officials say she charged with a knife at Temple Terrace officer.," Tampa Bay Times, May 30, 2020.