11:47 AM Monday Oct 7, 2013
The scene were the police officer was stabbed in the face at Bastion Point. Photo / Dean Purcell
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A police officer has been hospitalised after he was stabbed in the face in Auckland this morning.
The incident happened as the officer was speaking to a man on Hapimana Road in the suburb of Orakei.
The man had been reported to Police by members of the public as being abusive and confrontational while on Tamaki Drive and it was later discovered he was in possession of weapons.
The officer’s injuries are not life threatening.
Police say after the officer was stabbed, the man fled on foot into nearby bush around the Tamaki Yacht Club and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial grounds.
He was located a short time after the alleged stabbing and was taken into custody after a Taser was deployed.
A woman who lives on Patteson Ave in Mission Bay asked a police officer who was searching her neighbour’s property what was going on.
He told her:
“There’s been an incident between police and an offender. The offender is in custody but we’re still trying to locate the weapon.”
Police said the access road to the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial grounds had been closed, but there was no disruption to Tamaki Drive traffic.
St John Ambulance had been asked not to speak to media about the incident “for operational reasons and in order to ensure accurate information was distributed about a police event that did not unnecessarily distress the officer’s family,” police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty said.
“It was appropriate that any information about the stabbing was released in a timely manner, by police,” she said.
The New Zealand Herald