Sussex Police have charged a solicitor with the attempted murder of a police officer following an incident that occurred in Crawley.
Jack Chao, 37, of West Green Drive, Crawley, has been remanded into custody.
Officers were called to West Green Drive at around 09:35 hours on Thursday 17th December following reports of a male who was armed with a knife.
When challenged by officers, the suspect allegedly attempted to stab a police officer in the chest.
The officer was wearing his protective stab vest at the time.
After a struggle, the male was detained. A second officer sustained a minor laceration to his hand and was treated at the scene.
Chao appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, December 19.
He was further remanded ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing on 18 January 2021.
Chief Inspector Shane Baker, district commander for Crawley and Mid Sussex, said:
“Our police officers demonstrate great courage by putting themselves in harm’s way to protect the public each and every day.
“Thankfully the officer in this case is recovering well, and has received plenty of messages of support from his colleagues.”
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