4 Oct 2010

Officer attacked with own torch

12:40 pm on 4 October 2010

A police officer was repeatedly hit over the head with her own torch as she went to handcuff a woman involved in a domestic dispute in Hamilton.

Two officers went to a Hammond St address at about 10.30pm on Sunday, following reports an elderly man had been assaulted.

While one officer entered the lounge to check on the victim, the other questioned a 38-year-old woman they had met at the door.

Acting Waikato District Commander Detective Inspector Russell Le Prou says although a cut on the head is a minor injury, it is a reminder of the inherent risks of policing.

The woman faces a range of assault charges.

The officer has received medical treatment and been cleared to return to work.