Aussie police officer ‘slashed in the face’

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Two men and a woman have been charged over an alleged incident in Melbourne’s west on Friday, which led to a police officer allegedly being slashed in the face during the arrest.

An hours-long manhunt was underway for those responsible for the theft of a food delivery car, when a police chase ended in the officer being attacked in Melton South at about 1pm on Friday.

The car was allegedly stolen after the driver left it running while dropping off an order at a Kirkton Drive address in Kurunjang at about 9.25am.

Police tracked the alleged victim’s phone, which had been left inside the car, to find the stolen Toyota Camry on First Ave in Melton South.

When officers approached the car, two men ran from it and into the Wattle Place Reserve Playground, police said.

An officer then tackled one of the men to the ground, and was allegedly slashed in the face with a knife.

Two men and a woman have been charged. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gaye GerardTwo men and a woman have been charged. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gaye Gerard

The officer, who was later taken to hospital, still managed to arrest the 34-year-old Bacchus Marsh man while injured. He has been discharged from hospital following surgery.

Police found a homemade gun at the scene, which they allege one of the men dropped during the scuffle.

The Bacchus Marsh man has now been charged with 14 offences, including intentionally causing serious injury, assaulting a police officer, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

He has been remanded to appear in Melbourne’s Magistrates Court on April 3.

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A 28-year-old Coomoora man was also arrested and has since been charged with handling stolen goods, possessing cartridge ammunition and possession of a drug of dependence. He will appear in court on Wednesday.

A 21-year-old Wyndham Vale woman was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, theft of fuel and possessing cartridge ammunition.

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