Monday, 25th March, 2013
By Andrew Robertson
A senior police officer has reacted angrily to an alleged assault on three officers at the weekend which left one of them requiring stitches.
The alleged attack happened on Saturday night when the officers went to a Gaffney Street home to arrest a man for malicious damage and intimidation.
Police said the 18- year-old "violently resisted" the officers who were then set upon by two other people inside the house.
A 39-year-old woman allegedly pelted the three officers with ceramic plant pots and picture frames, injuring two of them.
A Senior Constable suffered a 4cm cut to his left arm which was so deep it exposed muscle and the bone of his elbow, according to police.
He later received four sutures at hospital and did not finish his shift.
Another officer struck by the flying debris suffered a 2cm cut to his left arm.
During the melee a third officer was allegedly pushed from behind by a 43-year-old man.
The officers were forced to use OC spray to "regain control and prevent further injury", police said in a statement.
The two men were eventually arrested and treated by Ambulance Paramedics before the older man was taken to Broken Hill Hospital for treatment to a head injury.
Barrier Crime Manager Mick Stoltenberg said the weekend incident was "extremely disappointing" and showed how dangerous and unpredictable the job could be.
"Generally the police in Broken Hill are treated with respect when they turn up to a job," Det Inspt Stoltenberg said.
"It just goes to show how quickly things can get out of control.
"Thankfully no-one was seriously injured."
Det Inspt Stoltenberg said the people involved were known to police.
"Hopefully the court will do them justice."
The 18-year-old man was charged with two counts of malicious damage, affray and resisting arrest. He was granted conditional bail and will appear at the Local Court on April 16.
Police said the older man will be charged with assault police and affray and the woman with malicious wounding, affray and assault police.