A man is in custody – and two women have been stabbed – following a confrontation with police at a home in the Hunter overnight.
Officers from Hunter Valley Police District were called to the home on the Pacific Way at Muswellbrook about 7pm (Tuesday 12 January 2021), and found a 27-year-old man in the front yard allegedly armed with a pair of scissors, carrying a baby.
Officers repeatedly directed the man to release the child; however, he allegedly refused.
As the man briefly put the 11-month-old girl on the ground, police deployed a Taser to affect his arrest.
A 30-year-old Macksville woman was airlifted from the scene to John Hunter Hospital with a stab wound to the right eye with scissors; a 28-year-old Muswellbrook woman is also undergoing hospital treatment for a stab wound to her left upper arm and face.
Five children aged between 11 months and seven were at the home at the time but were not physically injured.
The Macksville man was taken to Muswellbrook Police Station; inquiries are continuing.
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.