Police officer stabbed through open vehicle window after responding to Canterbury family harm incident

The officer is said to have moderate injuries.
The officer is said to have moderate injuries. Photo credit: Getty.

A police officer has been stabbed after responding to a family harm incident in Canterbury.

Police were called to an address in Oxford just after 4:30pm on Saturday to reports of a man damaging property. An officer tried to speak to the man to deescalate the situation, but the man "brandished a knife", prompting the officer to withdraw and wait for backup.

Canterbury District Commander Superintendent John Price says that when backup arrived, the man approached police while they were in a vehicle and attacked an officer through an open window.

"The officer has raised their arm to protect themselves and has received lacerations to their arm. Staff provided first aid immediately to their injured colleague," said Price.

The officer is said to have moderate injuries.

"The officer has then been transported to hospital and is in a stable condition. No-one else was injured in the incident. The alleged offender has been taken into custody at the scene.

"The safety of staff is our priority, there is always a risk in policing but an assault on an officer protecting their community is an assault on the fabric of our community. Senior police and colleagues will be supporting the injured officer and his family."

A scene examination is underway at the address and police are looking into the circumstances of the incident.