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PC Baranovsky drove near the scene and saw people running.
The officers immediately spotted the man, who they believed to be suffering from mental health issues, but he then ran off. The officers pursued him, into a garden, where it became clear he was carrying a Stanley knife. In an attempt to calm the situation, the officers sprayed him with Pava but to no avail.
PC Hagger held a shield up to stop the man using the knife against her. PC Moulton then helped her to stop the man from harming others or himself. The man managed to grab a baton from one of the officers, as he headed for the property’s back door.
As the officers again attempted to stop the man, he slashed at PC Moulton, who suffered a 6 cm laceration across his neck. The knifeman then attempted to slash, stab and hit the officers. During the struggle, PC Moulton was also bitten three times on his left arm.
PC Hagger was punched in the face, and received a laceration to her left little finger and ring finger from the same Stanley knife, as she tried to disarm the man.
The assailant then grabbed a garden fork and threatened the officers with it, kicked PC Hagger in the stomach, punched her twice more on the head causing her to almost black out, as she tried to assist PC Moulton in pulling the fork away.
Another officer arrived and they tried to keep the man in the garden while they waited for further back-up, fearful of him escaping and hurting others. The man ran at the officers with a handsaw and shears he had grabbed from a garden shed.
Officers quickly evacuated the people in the next door house, and children from the play
park nearby, fearful of what he might do next.
The assailant then went into a nearby residential property and held a saw to the throat of the male occupant, which scratched and cut him.
Firearms officers arrived and the man was challenged but despite officers using Taser on him, he broke free and ran into the street. Officers used Taser and Pava again but they were only able to overcome and control him when many more officers arrived. The man was unusually strong and was finally subdued under sedation later at hospital.