NSW: Police injured in confrontation with man armed with tomahawk

A MAN has been charged after allegedly assaulting and threatening police with a tomahawk in Newcastle overnight.

About 9pm, police say the 32-year-old man was at a house on Maitland Road, Sandgate allegedly threatening self harm.

Officers were called after the man was seen standing on the road allegedly attempting to jump in front of moving cars.


Police arrived and found the man returning to his house, armed with a tomahawk in which he allegedly used to threaten the officers.

Officers managed to talk the man into dropping the axe, before tackling him to the ground at which time a scuffle broke out and the officers received minor injuries.

The 32-year-old was eventually arrested and taken to Newcastle City Police Station where he was charged with two counts of assault police by threatening them with a tomahawk, possess prohibited weapon, use weapon to avoid apprehension and intimidation.

He was refused bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court today.