A SENIOR police officer has been stabbed while trying to disarm a knife-wielding man in Western Australia.
The 46-year-old man was allegedly armed with several knives and had reportedly been threatening to harm himself outside the Gosnells Police Station, off the Albany Highway in Perth’s southeast around 3am on Friday.
Officers tried to talk the man into dropping the weapons however he refused to surrender and instead allegedly lunged at them with the knives.
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Police tasered the agitated assailant and moved in to try and disarm him when the Sergeant from the South East Metropolitan Response unit was knifed.
In a statement, WA Police said the Sergeant suffered a serious stab wound to his lower leg. It’s understood the blade went all the way through the officer’s calf muscle.
He was rushed to Armadale Hospital where he was treated and received several stitches to close the wound.
“He has since been released from hospital and while being in pain is in good spirits at home with his family,” police said in a statement.
“The Sergeant has thanked the officers who assisted him this morning for their professionalism. He will require ongoing medical treatment and will be given the full support of the WA Police.”
The Sergeant’s attacker was arrested at the scene and has since been charged with one count each of going armed in public as to cause fear and unlawful wounding.
The Maddington man will appear before Northbridge Magistrates Court on Saturday, May 20.