Arrest in Hamilton Stabbing

Arrest in Hamilton Stabbing

Waikato

10 May 2007

The man alleged to have stabbed a Hamilton police officer last night has been found.

A 31 year-old male was arrested at 9am this morning after a man-hunt which lasted throughout the night.

The armed offenders squad surrounded a house in Melville and the alleged offender was arrested without incident.

District Commander Kelvin Powell says he is very pleased that the man was apprehended without causing further harm to himself or anyone else.

The arrested man is assisting police with their enquiries. He will appear in the Hamilton District Court later today.

Acting sergeant Andrew Grice was stabbed four times last night after trying to arrest the offender following a domestic dispute. His injuries include a punctured lung. Mr Grice's condition is stable and improving in Waikato Hospital.

Hamilton Police wish to thank the public for their assistance throughout the enquiry and their many calls of support for the injured officer.

A press conference is expected to be held at 11.30am at Hamilton District Headquarters, Bridge Street.

ENDS

For more details call

Jane Archibald

027 568 0267