JAMAICA - The MTA police officer stabbed in the eye by a mentally disturbed man this morning at LIRR's Jamaica station is out of surgery and recovering in the ICU tonight.

Officials say officer John Barnett, of Central Islip, was working this morning when he was stabbed in the eye without warning. Barnett was able to shoot and kill his attacker, who police have identified as Edjar Owens.

Owens has a long criminal history, including other instances of attacking MTA officers, according to officials.

The MTA Chairman Joe Lhota says this incident was the first time Barnett ever fired a weapon in the line of duty. Barnett has worked in the NYPD in the past, as well as serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in the Navy Reserves.

Barnett has a 12-year-old son. Officials say it is unclear whether he will retain any sight in his injured eye.