Australian police officer stable after being stabbed with spear

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A police officer is fighting for his life after being stabbed in the neck and arm with a “crude” homemade spear in Sydney’s southwest.

The officer, identified as Constable Jacob Vella, 24, was taken to hospital in a serious condition and is undergoing surgery for his injuries. He was allegedly stabbed with a crude, homemade weapon by the son of a man he was seeking to arrest on a warrant while attending a property with his partner, Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell told the media.

His father was charged with using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention and assaulting an officer in the execution of duty.

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He was also charged for failing to appear at court for a breach of his community corrections order over a firearm — which had been the cause for the initial arrest warrant the police were executing.

Both father and son will appear in Liverpool Local Court tomorrow.

Neighbours said they saw Constable Vella covered in blood and struggling to get up from the floor.

At a police press conference today Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell described the spear-like weapon used in the assault as “a crude homemade weapon which comprised of a steel shaft on the end of a wooden stick”.

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Mr Thurtell said both the father and son were known to police, but not for violence related matters.

Mr Thurtell described Constable Vella as a “fine young officer” who joined the police force in April 2017.

Via The Australian / ABC News 

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