Staffordshire Police officer injured in the line of duty
October 20, 2014, 1:07 pm
We received a call from colleagues in the ambulance service at around 7.30 pm on Sunday 19 October requesting assistance under the Mental Health Act at an address on Wat Tyler Close in Rugeley.
A 34 year-old man from Rugeley was arrested and taken into custody. During the incident the male at the address discharged what is suspected to be an air weapon. A Sergeant from the Cannock Chase District Local Policing Team received an eye injury and was taken to hospital where the injury is still being assessed.
Chief Inspector Stephen Morrey, the local policing commander for the district said: “This is a distressing incident whereby one of my officers has been injured whilst protecting members of the public.
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“Whilst we are fortunate that incidents like this are very rare, it is a prudent reminder of the danger that officers face daily in their lawful duty to protect members of our communities. The Sergeant has done what the public would expect without hesitation, he should be commended for carrying out his duty in this way.
“My thoughts are currently with the officer and his family hoping that the injury is not permanent. We are currently supporting his family and we are all hoping that he is able to make a swift recovery.
“The incident is now being investigated by detectives and we are not seeking anybody else in relation to this matter. The local policing team and I will be supporting and reassuring the community as a result of the incident.”