British Police Officer Celebrated for Heroically Taking on Three Knife-Wielding Attackers with Baton
A British Transport Police (BTP) officer is being hailed for his courageous efforts to stop the terrorists responsible for last night’s attack in London.
While his name has not been released to the press, the cop was one of the first people who responded after three perpetrators crashed a van into citizens before going on a stabbing spree near London Bridge. The Independent reports that the officer charged the attackers with only his police baton, and that he suffered wounds to his face, head and leg while trying to stop their rampage.
“It became clear that he showed enormous courage in the face of danger, as did many others who were at the scene and rushed to help,” said BTP Chief Constable Paul Crowther. “All of us at BTP wish him a swift recovery, and I know he will be touched by the hundreds of messages of support from across the UK and the world.”
The officer is among several dozen people who were hospitalized as a result of the attack. BBC has separately reported that an off-duty cop was also injured after rugby-tackling one of the knifemen.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick praised the officers’ “extraordinary bravery” for taking on the attackers with his bare hands. The officer suffered serious injuries, though his condition has reportedly been stabilized.
London police have made approximately a dozen arrests in connection with the attack, and they are continuing to investigate.
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