A West Auckland police officer responding to a domestic incident last night was punched repeatedly and bitten on the face and arms.
Waitakere police received a call about a verbal dispute at a Glen Eden property but after further discussion with they were advised that the dispute was over and police were not needed.
A 50-year-old sergeant went to the property to ensure that the situation was rectified and to check on the welfare of the occupants when he was attacked.
As he walked up the driveway of the property he was approached by a male occupant, punched repeatedly and bitten on the face and arms, police said.
The officer used his radio and issued an immediate alert for assistance.
He was then further assaulted by a female occupant of the property.
When back-up arrived, she assaulted another officer.
The man and woman were arrested and taken to the Henderson Police Station.
The sergeant was taken to Waitakere Hospital with cuts, bruising and swelling to his face and head, and a finger injury.
There were several people living at the address and the arrested pair were not involved in the initial domestic dispute.
The injured officer was discharged from hospital early this morning and will be off work for at least several days.
"This was an unprovoked attack on a very experienced and respected officer, and it just highlights the unpredictable nature of what our staff are faced with in the line of duty" said Inspector Claire Humble.
"This was a welfare check to make sure that everyone at this property felt safe, and the situation was turned on the person who was doing his very best to help."
A 26-year-old man has been charged with wounding with intent to injure and a 22 year-old woman will face two counts of assaulting police.
Both will appear in Waitakere District Court this morning.
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