Wiltshire Police Chief Superintendent Kevin Maidment has praised the officers involved in the apprehension of a man armed with a knife on Thursday 4 January.
Police officers were called to an address in Liden, Swindon yesterday afternoon following reports of a serious assault and on arrival were confronted by a man wielding a knife.
The person launched a violent attack on the officers and in the course of arresting him, two officers and a police dog were injured.
Police Constable Neil Sampson from the Dog Section received knife wounds and was taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon where he has undergone surgery. He is still recovering in hospital.
Another officer received knife injuries but did not require hospital treatment
Anya, PC Sampson’s dog also received a stab wound to the chest and was monitored overnight by a vet but the injury is not life-threatening. The 26-year-old arrested man has been taken to hospital where he has been receiving treatment for dog bite injuries sustained during his arrest.
Speaking about the incident, Acting Chief Superintendent Maidment said: “This offender posed a significant risk to the public and was apprehended thanks to the prompt and courageous actions of the officers at the scene. I would like to extend my thanks to all the officers involved and wish the two injured officers a speedy recovery.
“The intervention of the dog played a vital part in protecting the officers and members of the public and helped bring an end to this horrific incident.”
Detective Sergeant Nick Mawson is leading the investigation and added: “This was clearly an extremely nasty incident and I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed these events but has not yet come forward. “In particular, there were a number of young people in the area who were not involved but who may have filmed the incident or taken photographs. I would urge them to get in touch as they may have evidence which is extremely useful to this investigation.”
Witnesses to the incident are asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 0845 408 7000 or to leave information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.