by Rafi Mauro-Benady
A woman police officer has been stabbed today after intervening during a suspected attempted robbery.
The incident happened on Vauxhall Bridge Road, Westminster, at around 3.40pm today, when two police officers were in nearby Chapter Street.
The officers witnessed two males, armed with knives, attempting to rob a shop.
The shopkeeper successfully pushed the duo out of the store, and the officers then attempted to detain them.
As the officers challenged the males, the female officer was stabbed in the abdomen but continued to chase the suspects along Vauxhall Bridge Road.
The suspects were detained a short time later with the help of firearms officers.
The stabbed officer was taken to hospital. Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Chief Inspector Simon Brooker, Central West BCU, said: “This shows precisely the kind of danger officers face every single day as they work to keep the public safe.
“For this officer to be stabbed on duty is unacceptable but, fortunately, she does not appear to be seriously injured.
“I applaud her bravery in responding to this call. This courage is typical of Met officers as they go about their duties.”
The incident comes just 10 days after another police officer, Sergeant Matt Ratana was shot dead in a Croydon custody suite, also in South London.
Pictured: The scene outside the shop as paramedics treated the female cop and police investigated. PHOTO BY RAFI MAURO-BENADY
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