Bystander hits man in scuffle with cops
Bystander hits man in scuffle with cops

A bystander struck a man who was in a scuffle with two officers in Albany yesterday, WA Police say.

Two police officers were hurt in a fracas with a 24-year-old man reported to be acting suspiciously at a home in Albany.

Albany detectives are investigating the incident in which the young man, of Perth, was also hurt. He remains in hospital after being flown to Perth.

Police were called to a property in Willyung, 8km north of Albany, on Monday morning after reports a man was acting suspiciously.

A police spokeswoman said a woman inside the house had earlier called a 42-year-old male relative to the house who got there before police.

"It will be alleged that on police arrival, the man attacked one of the officers and attempted to take his firearm," the police spokeswoman said.

A violent struggle ensued between the police and the 24-year-old man.

At one point during the struggle, the man is alleged to have grabbed one of the officers' Tasers.

"It will be alleged the 42-year-old male relative has then come to the assistance of police and struck the man," the police spokeswoman said.

"The man has received serious head injures and was conveyed by RFDS to Royal Perth Hospital under police escort."

The two police officers – a male constable and a female first-class constable - were treated in Albany Regional Hospital for injuries received during the arrest of the man.

Both officers have since been discharged.

The 24-year-old man, who remains in hospital, has been charged with going armed to cause fear, two counts of assaulting a public officer and damage. A bedside court hearing was due to be held this afternoon.

The male relative was not hurt.

The West Australian

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