A police officer is lucky to be alive Tuesday after facing a cutlass attack Monday afternoon.
Police told Eyewitness News that the officer was driving on Albury Street in Chippingham, sometime around 5:00 p.m. yesterday, when he saw a man standing in the middle of the road, obstructing traffic.
Upon closer investigation, the officer was said to have realized that the man was carrying a cutlass in one hand and a rock in the other.
Authorities said the officer, in an effort to bring some peace to the situation, approached the armed male but the man threw the rock at the police vehicle, which smashed the windshield.
According to the officer, the man then charged at him with a cutlass.
The officer, who was reportedly in fear of his life, drew his weapon and shot the cutlass wielding man in his leg.
Police said the man was transported to hospital for medical treatment and is listed in stable condition.
Woman shot outside club
Police are also investigating the circumstances surrounding a late-night shooting incident on Baillou Hill Road, which left one woman in hospital.
According to police, sometime around 11:00 p.m. Monday, a group of people were standing outside of a club on Baillou Hill Road South.
The group, police said, was approached by a lone gunman who fired several shots – one of which hit a woman. Police said the man successfully escaped on foot.
The wounded woman was transported to hospital where she is listed in stable condition.
Police investigations continue into this incident.