Police officer slashed by knifeman while on duty

The suspect has been arrested for voluntarily causing hurt by a dangerous weapon.
The suspect has been arrested for voluntarily causing hurt by a dangerous weapon.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A police officer was slashed on his right arm by a 23-year-old man during an operation on Thursday.

The 43-year-old plain clothes officer was attacked at a residence in Geylang East Avenue 1 while following up on a complaint under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act.

He and two other officers from the Criminal Investigation Department's technology crime investigation branch had spotted the suspect at about 9.45pm.

They identified themselves while approaching him but he attacked them with a knife.

The suspect has been arrested for voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon. The knife has been recovered and seized as a case exhibit.

The injured officer is in a stable condition at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

A search of the suspect's residence also uncovered items suspected to be controlled drugs and drug paraphernalia. These items have been referred to the Central Narcotics Bureau for follow-up investigations.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigations and Intelligence) Tan Chye Hee, who is also director of the Criminal Investigation Department, said the police have zero tolerance towards such acts of violence towards its officers or public servants carrying out their duties.

"The police will not hesitate to take stern action against those who blatantly disregard the law and harm police officers," he said. "We will see to it that they are dealt with to the fullest extent of our laws."

The suspect was charged in court on Saturday with the offence of voluntarily causing hurt by a dangerous weapon. If convicted, he may be sentenced to imprisonment for up to seven years, or fined or caned or any combination of such punishment.

According to Chinese newspaper Shinmin Daily, he was also charged for having items suspected to be controlled drugs and drug paraphernalia.