Cop loses two fingers arresting armed robber
UPDATE: POLICE have told media the injured officer has lost the tips of two of his fingers after they were crushed between a police car and another vehicle.
Acting Superintendent Steve Munro said the officer was injured when the man they were attempting to arrest allegedly rammed his vehicle into the police car.
UPDATE: A POLICE officer has lost two fingers while arresting a wanted armed robber who slipped out of tracking bracelet and went on a rampage in Townsville.
A Special Emergency Response Team officer reportedly lost his fingers during the arrest at Kelso this afternoon.
The officer was rushed to Townsville Hospital for treatment.
Townsville police district Acting Chief Superintendent Steve Munro confirmed an offender had been taken into custody today and a SERT officer had been injured during what was an intense arrest.
EARLIER: A police officer is understood to have lost two fingers during an arrest in Townsville.
Paramedics from the Queensland Ambulance Service were responding to reports the officer had two fingers cut off during an incident at Riverway Drive in Kelso about 1.30pm today.
The injured officer was being transported to hospital, escorted by his colleagues, early reports stated.
The circumstances leading up to the officer losing two fingers are not known.
It's understood the police officer's fingers were being kept on ice.
Early reports said the officer lost his ring and middle finger during the arrest.
A 29-year-old man, who had been taken into police custody, was also being treated at the scene.
The incident is the latest in a number of assaults against emergency service workers in Townsville.
Last week a twenty-year-old woman was charged with serious assault of a police officer after a 48-year-old Senior Constable was spat on.
Townsville police district duty officer Senior Sergeant Tony Jacobs said a woman had been arrested in relation to other matters near Stockland Aitkenvale about 9.30pm.
A police officer was pulled to the ground by her hair and viciously assaulted by a teenage girl near the Riverway Arts Centre pool in December.