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Man arrested after stabbing police at Findon

04 Aug 2022 8:34am

A police officer has been stabbed in the hand after a violent confrontation at Findon this morning.

Just before 2am Thursday 4 August, police were alerted to two men acting suspiciously in Arnold Close. The men were seen trying door handles of cars and a home in the street.

Patrols attended the area and located one man in the street, a 42-year-old from Findon, who was subsequently reported for being unlawfully on premises.

About 2.45am police were alerted that the second suspect had returned to the area, jumped on a dirt bike and rode off. Police saw the dirt bike on Noblet Street but it immediately took off from police and was lost sight of.

Just before 4am, PD Rusty and his handler were conducting foot patrols in Noblet Street when he saw a man walking the dirt bike through a garden area of a unit block.

Police confronted the man who produced a screwdriver and threatened police. The suspect then allegedly attacked the officer stabbing him in the hand and making several attempts to stab the police dog.

Urgent assistance was called with the man still armed with the screwdriver when further patrols arrived. He was subsequently disarmed by police and arrested without further incident.

The police officer was treated at the scene by paramedics but fortunately he appears to have sustained only superficial injuries. On closer inspection of PD Rusty, it was found that his stab resistant harness prevented him from sustaining any injuries.

A 27-year-old man from Angle Park was arrested and taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for treatment of dog bite wounds.

He is expected to be charged with a number of offences including attempting to cause death or serious harm to a working animal, assaulting a prescribed emergency worker, resisting police, and possessing an article to commit an offence.

He has been refused bail to appear in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court today.

Both the police officer and PD Rusty will be back on patrol tonight.

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