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Police Officer injured while responding to a call for assistance

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24th August, 2018 A 36-year-old Senior Police Constable was rushed to Vaiola Hospital with a head injury sustained while responding to a call for assistance to remove a man who was trying to gain access to a house in Hofoa.

The incident happened in Hofoa at around 8:00pm last night.

Police received a call for assistance from a resident in Hofoa concerning the suspect who was climbing over their fence trying to gain access to their house.

When police arrived the suspect was inside one of the houses within the premises and when Police opened the door, the suspect hit the Senior Police Constable on the right side of the head with a machete.

Separate units had to respond and arrested the suspect while the injured officer was rushed to hospital.

Acting Police Commissioner Vaisuai says, “We have recognized that with the increased use of alcohol and drugs, the risk to the safety of our police officers has also increased. A review of our staff safety has been completed with a view for appropriate training and equipment to ensure better protection for our officers.”

The suspect is in police custody while investigation continues.

The injured Senior Police Constable is in stable condition at Vaiola Hospital.

ENDS

For further media inquiries please contact: Tonga Police Media & Communication Officer, Tonga Police Headquarters, Longolongo; – Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it phone (676) 23 323 EXT. 125

 

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