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Policewoman rips axe

from man’s hands

April 28, 2011 – 10:03AM

A female detective has acted quickly to wrench an axe from a man’s hands as her colleague held his attention with his drawn police pistol at a tavern in Perth’s north.

The officers rushed to the Wanneroo Tavern in Wanneroo about 10.50pm yesterday after bar staff called police to report a man was in the public bar courtyard armed with a metre-long axe.

On arrival the officers were confronted with the man, prompting detective sergeant to draw his handgun and warn him to drop the weapon, a police spokesman said.

As the man was distracted by the gun, a female detective “reached across and tore the axe from his grip”, the spokesman said.

Following further warnings, the officers managed to seize a bottle from the man.

Other police arrived at the scene and assisted in restraining the violently struggling man, who kicked officers and bit one on the wrist before he was handcuffed on the ground, the police spokesman said.

No one suffered any serious injuries in the struggle.

A 29-year-old Wanneroo man has been charged with going armed in a public place to cause fear and resisting police.

He was due to appear in the Joondalup Magistrates Court on Thursday.


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