Man charged with intent to murder after officer stabbed

Man charged with intent to murder after officer stabbed
Man charged with intent to murder after officer stabbed

Constable Elvis Poa, 35, remains in stable condition in hospital after being stabbed near Hyde Park by a man who allegedly demanded that officers shoot him.

Police say two officers were performing traffic duties just after 1pm on Sunday on the corner of Castlereagh Street and Park Street when they were approached by the 34-year-old alleged attacker.

The man allegedly produced a 30cm long “kitchen-style” knife and stabbed Constable Poa in the back of the head two to three times.

The man fled and was pursued by the injured officer and a female constable along Park Street and into Hyde Park, with officers directing the man to drop the knife.

The officers confronted the man before other officers arrived and he was tasered and taken into custody.

“Whilst he was in the park, he still had the knife in his hand and he was demanding that police shoot him,” Detective Superintendent Martin Fileman told reporters on Sunday.

He is known to police but does not have a history of mental illness recorded on the police database or a “substantial” criminal record, Det Supt Fileman said.

“This was very much an isolated incident and there is no further threat to the public,” he said.

Constable Poa was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics for two wounds to his head.

He was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital where scans revealed he suffered two skull fractures and remains in a stable condition, police said in a statement early on Monday.

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

He has since been released from hospital and charged with causing wounding/grievous bodily harm to person with intent to murder.

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

The incident follows a series of high-profile knife crime incidents including an attack at Sydney’s Bondi Junction shopping center where six people were fatally stabbed, and another attack on a bishop who was stabbed while delivering a sermon at a Western Sydney church.

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