Man charged, inquiries continue after two officers assaulted at Griffith

A man will appear in court tomorrow charged after two officers were allegedly assaulted at Griffith overnight.

About 11pm (Saturday 11 June 2021) officers were conducting an inspection at a licenced premises on Banna Ave, when they were approached by security guards about a group of four men who had been refused entry.

Two officers spoke to the men and issued them with move on directions.

It’s alleged one of the men, aged 30, then punched a security guard in the head.

When police intervened, he allegedly knocked a 24-year-old male constable to the ground and punched him to the head before also punching a 32-year-old female probationary constable to the head.

The man then allegedly continued to punch the male constable in the head whilst another man held the officer to the ground.

The men then left the scene.

A 30-year-old man was arrested on Banna Avenue after a short foot pursuit.

He was taken to Griffith Police Station where he was charged with two counts of assault police officer in execution of duty cause actual bodily harm, two counts of reckless wounding – in company, affray and excluded person remain in vicinity of licensed premises.

He was refused bail to appear before Wagga Wagga Bail Court tomorrow (Monday 14 June 2021).

The two officers were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Griffith Base Hospital where they remain in a stable condition.

The male officer suffered serious cuts to his head and chin requiring stitches and the female officer suffered injuries to her head and a cut to the inside of her mouth requiring stitches. Both officers suffered a number of other cuts and abrasions.

Inquiries continue.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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