Police officer seriously injured in Rotorua attack

9:57 am on 21 July 2017

A police officer has suffered serious head injuries after being knocked unconscious in an attack in Rotorua.

Close up of a police officer at an incident on a residential street. 6 July 2016.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The officer was responding to a 111 call from a house in the suburb of Owhata overnight.

He was arresting a man for an assault on a woman when another person jumped a fence and hit him on the head with an object, knocking him out, police said.

Superintendent Andy McGregor said the officer was taken to Rotorua Hospital, then transferred to Waikato, and was sedated and in a stable condition.