UPDATE at 5:25 PM | A POLICE officer is in hospital, undergoing surgery after being stabbed in the neck with a pair of scissors at a shopping centre in Brisbane.
The male senior constable was attacked while speaking with a man at Inala Civic Centre just after 2pm on Sunday.
He’s been rushed to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious but stable condition and is undergoing surgery.
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In a statement, Queensland Police said two officers were speaking with a man for non-serious offences when without warning he picked up a pair of scissors from a nearby shop bench and swung them at police.
The male senior constable was struck and stabbed in the neck, while the second female officer tasered the man.
Police said the shock if the taser “momentarily incapacitated” the man, before he got up and ran off.
The female officer provided immediate first aid to her injured colleague before he was treated by paramedics and rushed to hospital.
Incredibly, while the officer is in a serious condition, his injuries are not considered life-threatening.
His family are at the hospital, waiting for him to come out of surgery.
About an hour after the attack, police received a triple zero call, alerting them to an incident at a home on Clipper Street.
It’s alleged the same man who stabbed the police officer showed up at the house, armed with a shovel.
The man was allegedly threatening the occupants of the home while trying to steal a car from the address.
He allegedly threatened police when they arrived and was taken into custody after being tasered a second time.
Thankfully, the occupants the house were uninjured. Investigations are continuing.
FIRST at 4:30 PM | A POLICE officer has been rushed to hospital after being stabbed at a shopping centre in Brisbane.
The officer was reportedly attacked with a pair of scissors at Inala Civic Centre in the city’s south on Sunday.
It’s understood the male officer was stabbed in the neck or the shoulder about 2.30pm.
The injured officer has been rushed to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
It’s understood he will need to undergo surgery.
The male offender allegedly fled the scene immediately after the attack and forced his way into a nearby home.
He was tracked down by police and arrested shortly before 3.30pm.
The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are not yet known.
Part of the Inala shopping centre has been cordoned off and declared a crime scene.
The incident comes just days after a man armed with a rifle opened fire on police at Ipswich.
He fled the scene before forcing his way into a nearby home where he was found and arrested around 3.30pm. The officer is in a serious but stable condition at the PA Hospital @7NewsBrisbane pic.twitter.com/pOwOTt4hJh
— Mackenzie Coonan (@mackenzieravn) May 12, 2019
BREAKING: A man is in custody accused of stabbing a police officer in the neck/shoulder with a pair of scissors at Inala Civic Centre. pic.twitter.com/27KyodGn6H
— 7NEWS Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) May 12, 2019
#JUST IN: A police officer has been stabbed in the neck by a man at a shopping centre in Inala. The officer was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition, and the alleged attacker was arrested after fleeing the scene to a home in a nearby street. @ParisMartin #9News pic.twitter.com/sqJ5scCua0
— 9News Queensland (@9NewsQueensland) May 12, 2019
#BREAKING: A Queensland police officer is in hospital after being stabbed with a pair of scissors at a shopping centre in Brisbane's west.
— ABC Brisbane (@abcbrisbane) May 12, 2019
This is a breaking news story. No further information was available at the time of writing.