Three Hamilton Police Service officers stabbed, suffer serious injuries: police

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HAMILTON — The Hamilton Police Service says three of its officers are being treated in hospital for stab wounds after responding to reports of an armed man in crisis on a city street.

Const. Krista-Lee Ernst, a police spokeswoman, says the man was acting erratic and when police arrived there was a confrontation and three officers were stabbed in the head and neck.

She says the three officers are in stable condition with serious injuries.

Police say a 24-year-old Oakville, Ont., man is charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, four counts of resisting arrest and one count of possession of a dangerous weapon.

The suspect's name was not released.

Ernst says the families of the injured officers have been notified and no other details about them are being immediately released.

Ernst says members of the police service are worried about their injured colleagues.

"This is a tragic series of events at any time," Ernst said Tuesday. "During the holiday season, my heart goes out to the officers' families."

Police say they are still investigating the afternoon attack but the public is not at risk.

Investigators are asking any witnesses or people who may have video surveillance of the area to contact police.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 22, 2020

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