A police sergeant who was punched repeatedly and bitten on
the face in west Auckland last night is recovering at home.
The 50-year-old had been responding to a domestic dispute at
a boarding house in Routley Drive, Glen Eden, shortly before
As he walked up the driveway, he was approached by a man who
punched him repeatedly and bit him on the face and arms. He
radioed for help and was then attacked by a woman.
The officer suffered a finger injury and cuts, bruising and
swelling to his face and head.
Police said he was treated and discharged from Waitakere
Hospital and was recovering at home today.
Inspector Claire Humble said the "unprovoked attack" came
after the officer had responded to a report of a verbal
Police were informed the dispute was over and their help was
not needed, but the sergeant went to the property anyway to
ensure the dispute was over and check on the welfare of the
When back-up arrived, the woman who attacked him assaulted
Ms Humble said the sergeant would be off work for at least
"This was an unprovoked attack on a very experienced and
respected officer, and it just highlights the unpredictable
nature of what our staff are faced with in the line of duty,"
"This was a welfare check to make sure that everyone at this
property felt safe, and the situation was turned on the
person who was doing his very best to help."
A man and woman have been arrested and will appear in
Waitakere District Court this morning.
The man, aged 26, has been charged with wounding with intent
to injure, and the woman, aged 22, with two counts of