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Stabbing victim says police officers saved her life

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A woman stabbed during an officer-involved shooting is speaking out, saying she's alive tonight because of two Cedar Rapids police officers. 25-year-old RaeLynn Finn said the father of her baby had a plan to kill her.

Officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at the Valley High Apartments in Cedar Rapids last week. When they arrived, Markell Bivins was attacking RaeLynn, stabbing her multiple times. Cedar Rapids police then shot Markell, who later died from his injuries.

Raelynn had emergency surgery and is recovering. She is in a lot of pain, she has stab wounds on her face and neck, her jaw is wired, and she has a ruptured eardrum.

She says while the police officers were standing just inches away, Bivins attacked her.

"Even after they shot him, he continued to stab me and they actually had to taser him three times after," she says.

She says their relationship has been toxic but it rarely got violent. Last Monday, he came into her apartment upset that she broke things off. She says he told her "neither of us will make it out of this apartment alive tonight."

Hiding her phone in her shorts, she says she went into the bathroom and texted her best friend to call 911. Then she got out, running down the stairs to an apartment that was unlocked downstairs. She said Bivins quickly followed and he had a knife. Minutes later, the police arrived.

"The male officer tried to grab him, but then he (Bivins) tackled me on the couch. For him to do that in front of police, I feel that he wanted to still carry out his plan to kill me," she says.

It's a tough story to tell , but RaeLynn says she hopes by sharing her story that she will inspire others to leave dangerous relationships.

The officers are on administrative leave as the DCI continues to investigate.

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