A 23-year-old man has been charged following the assault of
an Auckland police officer early yesterday.
The officer was knocked unconscious while responding to a
call about a large group of people fighting in Glen Innes'
Apirana Ave area just after midnight.
He suffered a head injury in the assault and was
hospitalised. He was discharged yesterday and was expected to
make a full recovery.
Police today confirmed a 23-year-old man had been charged
with aggravated wounding, and is due to appear at Auckland
District Court tomorrow [Saturday].
Officers investigating the incident established a number of
small groups were involved in various fights before the
attack on the police officer.
Detective Senior Sergeant John Sutton said two other men were
interviewed and released, and received formal warnings for
The officer used his police radio to call for help. Two
members of the public also came to his aid.
"We're grateful that he was assisted by two members of the
public and that police were able to respond quickly to this
call for help," Mr Sutton said.
"The welfare of our staff is important to us and we are
working to support him, his colleague and all staff in our
district. Police should not be subject to any kind of
physical violence while in the role of protecting the
- Brendan Manning of APNZ