Two men have been arrested after a police officer was stabbed in his neck and arm with a homemade weapon.
Constable Jacob Vella, 24, was slashed in the neck and hands at a Sadleir home, near Liverpool, at 6.55am on Tuesday.
The officer had been visiting the property with his partner on Heckenberg Avenue to serve a warrant to a 58-year-old man.
A 27-year-old man allegedly lunged at the officer before attacking him with a ‘crude’ weapon, The Daily Telegraph reported.
‘The weapon that was used to stab the police officer was a crude homemade weapon which comprised of a steel shaft on the end of a wooden stick, as I said it was a crude weapon,’ Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell said.
‘We’ve seen a number of incidents where officers have been threatened or wounded, I’ve said before it is a dangerous profession, there are people out there who don’t respect the police uniform and think it is alright to attack officers.’
The officer was taken to Liverpool Hospital in a serious but stable condition – he had only joined the NSW Police Force in April 2017.
A father and son were arrested and taken to Liverpool Police Station, while a third man who was in the home at the time is speaking to officers.
A terrified resident described the neighbourhood as rough and said it was not unusual to see police passing on the street.
‘It’s a rough area. You normally see police cars patrolling the area, but obviously something has happened, it’s never like this,’ he said
Another resident said officers at the time of the attack attempted to subdue the knife-wielding man.
‘The police was asking the dude to just take it [the knife]down, the challenge to kind of keep him at bay.’
One woman said she was enjoying her morning cigarette at home when she heard the loud police sirens.
‘I’m not sure how it happened you just heard all these sirens.
‘Then I looked out the window and saw police with this man.’
Police could be seen combing the backyard of a house on the street with part of the road cordoned off.
NSW Police Association president Tony King told ABC the community was devastated at the news.
‘What some people seem to forget is that our police are women and men, just like the rest of us,’ he said.
‘They’re mums, dads, sisters and brothers, daughters and sons who do a difficult, unpredictable, and at times dangerous, job.’
Officers are continuing to make inquiries.
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