Police allegedly bitten, spit at while attempting to arrest suspect who ‘took gun’ in remote community

by | Apr 24, 2020 | Cops, News | 0 comments

Three NT Police officers have allegedly been bitten, kicked, and spit at by a 38-year old man in Central Australia who resisted arrest and allegedly “took hold of a police officer’s firearm”.

NT Police said the officers went to arrest the man in a Central Australia remote community around 2 pm Thursday for an outstanding crime. It was not disclosed what charges the man was facing.

The man attempted to escape and as the officers tried to place him in handcuffs, he allegedly resisted and started kicking one police officer, biting another, and spitting in the direction of arresting officers.

While the man was being taken into custody, he allegedly continued to bite and kick the police and may have taken hold of a gun.

Police spokeswoman Chantal Deutrom said in a statement that the man “allegedly took hold of a police officer’s firearm and attempted to take possession of it”.

Police officers restrained the man and he was brought to the nearest police station.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has earlier warned of a new $5,495 penalty for anyone who spits on a worker in the NT to spread fear about the coronavirus.

The police officers meanwhile sustained minor injuries.

The man was charged with three counts of assaulting a member of the police force, resisting police in the execution of duty, and breach of bail.

He is in custody and scheduled to appear in Alice Springs Local Court today.

“This behaviour is shocking and inexcusable,” said Acting Superintendent Michael Potts. “My officers work hard to keep our communities safe and it is unacceptable that they are assaulted, and in this case bitten, whilst doing their job. Assaulting police is reprehensible and those involved in such acts will be held to account and presented before our courts.”

NT Police Association president Paul McCue echoed Act. Supt. Potts’ comments and said the whole incident was “shameful”.

“The NTPA continues to call for a commitment to mandatory sentencing for anyone who assaults an
emergency service worker, which is in line with community expectations,” said Mr McCue.

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