Three police officers injured in a knife attack in Puerto del Rosario

Three police officers injured in a knife attack in Puerto del Rosario

The National Police Force have arrested a 20-year-old man in Puerto del Rosario (Fuerteventura), with no prior criminal record, charged with the crimes of assault against law enforcement officers and causing bodily harm.

The incident took place last Thursday afternoon, when the 091 National Police hotline received an alert informing them that several residents had reported hearing screams and the throwing of objects from an apartment in the town.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers observed objects being thrown from inside an apartment onto the street, so to ensure the safety of pedestrians and other road users, they proceeded to secure the area.

Once this was done, they approached the apartment from which the noise and screams were being heard, and were faced with threats from the person inside saying that he would kill any officers that attempted to enter. At this point, the man inside began banging on the wooden door and broke it, waving knives at the officers.

Concerned for their own safety and that of anyone inside, the police officers entered the apartment using the appropriate means, and were confronted by the man throwing objects at them and even lunging at them with a knife in each hand.

Ultimately, officers managed to over power and arrest him, but three officers were injured during the intervention. The detainee was then transported to a psychiatric ward at a hospital due to his high level of aggressiveness, escorted in handcuffs by the police.