Cop hurt in spade attack

2012-07-20 18:22

Johannesburg - A policeman sustained head injuries when he was attacked by a man with a spade at Kwa-Noxolo, in Port Elizabeth, on Friday morning, said police.

He was getting out of a patrolling Flying Squad car when an 18-year-old man, who had been in a group of people, charged towards him and began attacking the vehicle with a spade, said Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg.

The policeman, who had been driving, was assaulted during the attack, she said.

Van Rensburg said the police fired several shots at the man, wounding him, and brought him under control after a struggle.

"He was arrested and taken to the Livingston Hospital, where he was treated for gunshot wounds," she said.

The police officer was taken to the Greenacres Hospital for observation.