The injured man, aged in his 30s and with around ten years’ service as a Met officer, was taken to hospital with injuries to his head and body this morning.
He is now in a serious but stable condition and his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. His family have been informed and he is expected to make a full recovery.
Detective Chief Superintendent, Richard Tucker gave an update on the incident.
The officer was stabbed with a machete after stopping a van, that was suspected of being driven without insurance, in Coopers Lane, shortly before midnight.
He managed to taser the 56-year-old driver during the struggle. His colleague then arrested the attacker on suspicion of GBH.
“This was a frenzied and brutal attack on a uniformed officer carrying out his duties,” said Detective Chief Superintendent, Richard Tucker.
“Thankfully, the officer was carrying a Taser and managed to use it. This stopped the suspect from inflicting any further injury and allowed the other officer to detain him. I honestly believe that using that Taser may have saved his life.
“I would like to commend his bravery, resilience and determination. Despite being repeatedly stabbed, his first thought was to protect his colleague and members of the public.
“I would also like to take the opportunity to commend the members of the public who did not just stand there and watch but also stepped in to help.
Police captured the incident with body-worn footage.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I am utterly appalled by this sickening attack on a serving Met police officer.”
“My thoughts are with him and his family, friends and colleagues,
“I am in contact with senior Met officers, and while an arrest has been made, we will use all the resources at our disposal to ensure the perpetrator of this heinous attack is brought to justice.”
Anyone who may be able to assist is asked to contact police via 101 quoting CAD3/8AUG or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.Tags: Waltham Forest, Leyton
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