Man arrested after splashing thinner at police officers in Bendemeer; 2 officers injured in scuffle

The man was eventually subdued by several police officers. PHOTO: STOMP

SINGAPORE - A 50-year-old man who splashed paint thinner at police officers, injuring two of them in a standoff at Bendemeer, was arrested on Tuesday (Aug 29).

The Straits Times understands that the police were first called to the scene when a person called the police to say someone was damaging potted plants there.

Initially, just two officers were dispatched but back-up was later called for, ST understands.

The police said they were alerted to the incident at Block 33 Bendemeer Road at 12.22pm.

"When police officers engaged the 50-year-old man, he turned violent and splashed paint thinner at the police officers," said the police. "Two police officers sustained facial injuries."

The man, who is believed to be of unsound mind, was arrested for voluntarily causing hurt against public servants.

A video posted on citizen journalism site Stomp shows a police officer confronting the man with what appears to be a taser at Blocks 33 and 34, Bendemeer Road, around 12.40pm.

"Down, I said, down!" shouts the policeman in the video, but the man does not comply.

Another officer comes to his aid and tries to subdue the man, but he puts up a struggle.

He is eventually pinned down by four officers.

Four other police officers are shown at the scene shortly after.

Police investigations are ongoing.

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