Two NT Police officers responding to an armed disturbance at a Tennant Creek town camp were taken to hospital with facial cuts after two men allegedly threatened them with a knife and family members smashed their car window with rocks, police said.
NT Police said they responded to a report of armed people fighting in a town camp on Wednesday evening around 9:15pm.
Officers said they saw two men armed with knives.
Upon seeing the police, it is alleged one of the men advanced towards the officers.
Police then directed the man to drop the weapon immediately and tasered him when he continued to approach, a statement said.
NT Police said when the officers were about to arrest the man, his family members started physically attacking them.
The officers then decided to withdraw from the disturbance as people turned violent.
A large rock was thrown at the police vehicle as it was leaving, causing the side passenger window to shatter.
The officers onboard were covered with crushed glass, police said and were treated at hospital for cuts to the face and eyes.
Assistant Commissioner for the Southern Region, Martin Dole, said they would be conducting investigations to identify those involved in the alleged assault.
“This type of behaviour is outrageous,” Dole said.
“Officers were attending calls for police assistance, only to be met by an armed and aggressive mob.
“Assaults on police will not be tolerated and we will be ensuring those responsible are identified and prosecuted.”
They did not mention if there were other people harmed during the unrest.
NTPA President Paul McCue called the attack on the members “disgusting”.
“Our members should not be the target of violence when they are called to a location to protect the community from people armed with a knives,” he said.
“They were doing the job they were called out to do. The behaviour they have been exposed to is nothing short of disgusting and we echo the sentiment of Assistant Commissioner Dole who called this attack outrageous”.
The NTPA said they are awaiting the release of a current review by Police Minister Nicole Manison into stronger penalties for assaults on police, which they have been campaigning for, including jail time.