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Man charged with stabbing cop in head

Written by on May 20, 2024

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a Sydney police officer was allegedly stabbed in the head multiple times near Hyde Park.

Two officers were conducting traffic duties at the intersection of Castlereagh and Park Sts when one male senior constable was approached from behind by a man shortly after 1pm on Sunday.

Police allege the man, 34, stabbed the male senior constable in the head.

He was then chased, tasered and apprehended by the injured officer and a female constable after fleeing into Hyde Park.

The injured 35-year-old officer – who has been identified as constable Elvis Poa – was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics for two wounds to his head.

He was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, where scans have since revealed he suffered two skull fractures and remains in a stable condition.

The 34-year-old man was arrested and taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital under police guard, for assessment.

Crime scenes were established at the intersection of Castlereagh and Park Sts and Elizabeth St, near Bathurst St.

They have since been forensically examined.

Detectives commenced an investigation into the incident under Strike Force Dills.

Upon being released from hospital, the man was taken to Day Street Police Station and charged with cause wounding/grievous bodily harm to person with intent to murder.

He was refused bail to appear before Downing Centre Local Court on Monday.

On Sunday, Sydney City Police Area Command’s Detective Superintendent Martin Fileman told reporters the alleged offender was known to police but had “no real serious criminal history”.

The alleged offender also had “no history of mental illness” according to police databases.

“It just shows you the type of training that we go through … We’re faced with a situation that if an officer is injured, that they keep going, and this officer gave chase,” said Superintendent Fileman.

Road closures were also implemented at both directions at Park St, between Elizabeth St and Pitt St, and southbound closures on Castlereagh St near Market St.

More to come.

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