Officer stabbed, police dog attacked in violent incident in South Australia



A police officer has been stabbed in the hand as his police dog narrowly escaped injury after a violent confrontation in Adelaide.

Police say the incident followed reports of two men acting suspiciously in a suburb of Findon on Thursday morning.

When a patrol confronted one of the men, he allegedly stabbed the officer in the hand with a screwdriver and tried several times to stab the handler’s dog.

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After further patrols arrived, the man was disarmed and arrested.

The 27-year-old was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for treatment for dog bite injuries and is expected to be charged with attempted death or serious damage to a working animal and for assaulting and resisting police.

The policeman was treated by paramedics at the scene, but suffered only superficial injuries.

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Checks on police dog Rusty showed that his stab-resistant harness ensured that he did not sustain any injuries.

Police said both the officer and Rusty would be back on patrol Thursday night.



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