Police officer slashed in New Westminster, B.C.

A New Westminster police officer was slashed across the face in Queen's Park on Saturday night. The suspect got away.

A New Westminster police officer was slashed across the face in Queen's Park on Saturday night.

The officer was investigating a complaint of a "distraught male," a press release from the police service stated.

"As the officer approached a picnic table, a male seated at the table suddenly lunged at the officer," the statement said.

The officer was slashed in the face with a knife, and then disarmed the assailant.

The suspect fled towards McBride Boulevard at 6th Avenue E, and got away.

The suspect is described as a black man, approximately six feet four inches tall, and between 25 and 30 years old. He has a muscular build and black hair, which was shaved with a "fade" on the right side.

At the time of the assault, the suspect was shirtless and wearing green and black camouflage cargo shorts, white socks, and white runners with a dark Nike swoosh logo.