Wednesday, 25 February 2009 9:12 AM

Men Arrested for Assaulting Police Officers

Police have arrested three men at midday yesterday, in relation to an overnight attack on two duty officers at the Borderline Police Post.

Acting Police Commissioner Peter Marshall said the incident occurred about 4am when four masked men armed with lengths of timber entered the rear of the Police Post.

"They attacked the two officers before fleeing the scene. Three RSIPF and Participating Police Force attended the station and both officers were taken to hospital," he said.

"The male and female officers were treated for head and back injuries then discharged later yesterday morning. I visited both officers at hospital and will be visiting them again at home this evening to check their wellbeing."

"It is a great relief to their colleagues that they were not more seriously injured in this cowardly attack," Acting Commissioner Marshall said.

Commissioner Marshall said the attack was believed to have been a reaction to Police patrols responding to earlier complaints around 1am.

Police patrol had attended reports about drunken behaviour and loud music from men in a taxi parked just 50 metres away from the Police Post," he said.

"Due to the good work of Naha and Honiara central detectives, assisted by help from the public, these three men were tracked down today and arrested by Royal Solomon Islands Police only a few hours later.

"They remain in custody and are yet to be charged. Another man, who ran off into the bush is still on the run and is being actively pursued by Police," he said. "We seek community help to find this man and bring him to justice. Anyone with further information is urged to call Police on 23304 or Crimewatch 999.

Commissioner Marshall said he had already briefed the Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena on the incident at Borderline Police Post.

"He condemned the mindless violence by these individuals against police doing their duty whilst serving the community. He expressed his sincere sympathy to the officers involved."


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