By PoliceOne Staff
GWENT, Wales — Body cam footage shows an officer in Wales taking down a man who tried to stab him with two knives.
On October 2, Gwent officers encountered 36-year-old Tony Buttigieg, who appeared to be intoxicated, the Express & Star reports. Officers found that Buttigieg was armed with two knives and attempted to negotiate with him.
“Despite officers’ negotiations, he tried to gain entry to another flat and then began to push the knife into his stomach area in a self-harm action,” a police statement said.
Police used a TASER on the man, but it was ineffective. Buttigieg then attempted to stab Officer Rhydian Jones on “at least three occasions” before being overpowered by police.
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Wilkie, who led the investigation, said while the encounter didn’t end fatally, “it was traumatic for all those involved.”
“The body-worn video footage is particularly harrowing to watch and reminds us of the risks officers face every day, when officers are simply carrying out their duty.”
In March, Jones along with Officers Gareth Marsh and Ashley Cotton received a Chief Constable’s Commendation for their bravery during the incident.
Buttigieg was initially charged with attempted murder but later pleaded guilty in February to attempted grievous bodily harm to Jones.