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Dublin: 3 °C Thursday 27 February, 2020

PSNI officer sustains knife wound to head

The officer sustained the wound to the back of his head while intervening to stop another officer from being attacked.

Image: Paul Faith/PA Archive

A PSNI OFFICER has sustained a knife wound to the back of his head after intervening to stop another officer from being injured when called to a domestic dispute.

The officer was injured after police were called to a home in Lurgan at 2am where a man, 41, had locked himself into a house with two small children present.

Officers attempted to gain entry to the premises, at which point the man opened the door and attempted to attack an officer.

A second officer intervened, and was slashed with a knife on the back of the head. He was taken to hospital where his condition is described as stable.

Police maintaining a presence in the area during subsequent investigations, and came under attack from bricks, bottles and six petrol bombs.

PSNI superintendent Jason Murphy said he had “nothing but praise for the actions of the brave officers who responded to this call”.

“The officer who was attacked has received treatment for a slash wound to the back of his head and a cut on his face.”

The 41-year-old man has been arrested for attempted murder. The two children, aged 3 and 1, were not injured.

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