Man in custody after police officers assaulted at Lightning Ridge

A man is in custody after two police officers were assaulted near Walgett this morning.

Just before 11.20am (Wednesday 22 May 2019), police were called to Potch Street, Lightning Ridge, after members of the public expressed concerns for a man’s welfare who was acting suspiciously in the street.

A male Sergeant attached to Central North Police District spoke with the man, who became aggressive and a physical struggle ensued, during which time OC spray and a taser were deployed, however the man proceeded to punch and throw a rock which connected with the Sergeant’s knee.

The officer drew his firearm, before the man then fled the scene on foot.

The Sergeant was treated at the scene and taken to Lightning Ridge Hospital to be treated for minor head injuries.

Following a search, the man was located by a male Senior Constable in the backyard of a home on Butterfly Avenue, where another physical struggle ensued, during which OC spray was deployed, however the man continued to punch and throw rocks at the officer.

The 38-year-old man was arrested after further police arrived on scene and taken to Lightning Ridge Hospital, before being flown to a mental health facility where he remains undergoing assessment.

The Senior Constable was taken to Lightning Ridge Hospital to be treated for a broken finger, and minor head injuries, and has since been released.

Inquiries into the incident 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.

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