A man will face court after allegedly stabbing a police officer in the stomach, chest and neck in broad daylight at a far north Queensland shopping centre.
The 22-year-old and 50-year-old senior constable Tim Liesegang, who was on foot patrol at Cairns Central, started having a conversation on McLeod St, Cairns, about 2.20pm on Tuesday.
The man then allegedly stabbed Sen Const Liesegang multiple times before running away.
The officer was taken to hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.
His alleged attacker was arrested by other officers at a Bungalow property a short time later and taken to hospital under guard for an assessment.
The 22-year-old Manunda man has been charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm, possessing a knife in a public place, possessing dangerous drugs and possessing tainted property.
He's expected to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
"Queensland Police has extended its full support and sympathy to the injured officer, his family and colleagues and will continue to monitor his recovery in hospital," police said on Wednesday.
Speaking in Cairns on Wednesday, Northern Police Region Assistant Commissioner Brett Schafferius said police were optimistic Sen Const Liesegang would make a full recovery.
"Walking around today I've had absolute total strangers come up to me asking to pass on their best wishes to Tim and his family, as he goes through his recuperation from this incident," he said.
President of Queensland Police Union Ian Leavers said it was extremely lucky the state was not mourning the loss of an officer.
"(Tim) is more worried about others than himself. He's a married man with two children and we got to see his family, and they are very positive, and they thank everyone for the support and the outpouring of emotion from the community," he said.
"The police union will be working very closely with the police service to ensure that we provide all the available support not only today, and next week, but as we move into the future.
"It was pleasing to talk with Tim, have a joke with him this morning and as I say, we're just very thankful we are not mourning his loss," Mr Leavers said.