Police officers skull fractured in CBD stabbing, man charged with attempted murder


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Police officers skull fractured in CBD stabbing, man charged with attempted murder
Police officers skull fractured in CBD stabbing, man charged with attempted murder

Police officer’s skull fractured in CBD stabbing, man charged with attempted murder

A man will face court on an attempted murder charge after a NSW police officer was stabbed in the head and suffered two skull fractures.

Constable Elvis Poa was conducting traffic duties in the CBD, at the intersection of Castlereagh and Park streets, about 1pm on Sunday when a man approached him from behind.

Some of the items left behind at the scene.Credit: Edwina Pickles

Police said the alleged attacker stabbed the 35-year-old police officer in the head with a kitchen knife before running away.

Poa and a female police officer chased after the 34-year-old and, even with stab wounds to the head, Poa was able to corner his alleged attacker in Hyde Park.

Police officers from around the city who were patrolling protest activity swarmed the park where the man was still armed with the knife.

“He still had the knife in his grip and demanded the police shoot him,” Detective Superintendent Martin Fileman said. Police eventually Tasered the man and arrested him.

Footage from the scene shows the barefooted suspect being loaded onto a gurney with restraints. The man does not have a history of serious or violent offences.

Poa was treated by paramedics at the scene for two stab wounds and was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, where scans revealed his skull had fractured in two places. He remains in a stable condition.

The alleged attacker was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for assessment before police took him to Day Street police station where he was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to murder.

The alleged offender was arrested at the scene.Credit: TNV

He will appear in the Downing Centre Local Court on Monday.

NSW Police Minister Yasmin Catley said her thoughts were with the injured officer and the entire police family.

“This officer was simply doing his job on a busy Sunday in Sydney city … [Police] should never be met with violence,” she said.

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