London officer stabbed while trying to arrest suspect for trespassing

A London police officer was stabbed overnight in the area of Dundas and Lyle Streets, just a block east of Police Headquarters, according to city police. The suspect was apprehended with the assistance of the K-9 Unit.

The officer was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries

(Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

A London police officer was stabbed overnight, just a block east of police headquarters, while trying to arrest a suspect for trespassing, according to city police.

In an updated statement issued Tuesday afternoon, police say a male suspect was seen trespassing on private property in the area of Dundas and Elizabeth Streets at around 1:08 a.m.

Police say the suspect brandished a knife and stabbed the officer, before trying to flee the area on foot.

The injured officer and several other members, including police's K-9 unit, located the suspect nearby. Police say the suspect was tasered and taken into custody.

The injured officer was taken to hospital for treatment of injuries considered non-life threatening and later released. Police would not specify the nature of the wounded officer's injury.

"We are very fortunate the officer was not more seriously injured," said Chief Steve Williams, in the statement. "This is another example of the dangers our officers face each and every day." 

Police say the accused will appear in a London courtroom Tuesday afternoon, and that they'll announce what charges they are facing once the charges are sworn to within the courts.