Police officer attacked with own Taser

MICHAEL DALY
Last updated 07:33 26/12/2012

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A woman used a brick as weapon and then tried to shoot a police officer with his own Taser, when two police came under attack at a party in Dargaville yesterday.

One officer was knocked unconscious, while the other tried to protect him but was kicked in the head during the Christmas Day incident, police said.

Both officers were taken to Dargaville Hospital, and have since been sent home.

The trouble started about 8pm yesterday when police were called to reports from church-goers that a group of intoxicated youths were damaging letter boxes and street signs in Dargaville.

Police found the youths a short distance away.

The group went into a house where a party was going on. Party-goers became aggressive and assaulted the police officers as they tried to deal with the youths, police said.

"The officers were punched and hit to the ground then kicked while they were on the ground.

"One officer was knocked unconscious. The second officer attempted to protect him but was also kicked in the head and received bruising to his face.

"One woman used a brick as weapon and then tried to shoot the officer with his own taser. When it failed to fire she smashed it."

Police thanked the local fire brigade for providing support.

Five men and two women had been arrested on a variety of charges including intentional damage, assault on police and escaping custody.  Most of the people arrested will appear in the Whangarei District Court today.

Inquiries are continuing and police expect more charges will be laid and more arrests made.

Police asked for witnesses to contact the Dargaville police station if they could help identify suspects and report damage in the areas of Gordon St and Tirarau St.

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