(Photo by Jay Wallace Images)

A VicPD officer was stabbed with a needle while trying to control a crowd that had gathered at the scene of a drug overdose in the 900 block of Mason Street Saturday night.

The incident took place at around 8:30 p.m., when officers were alerted by people in the area that a person was experiencing an overdose nearby.

Patrol officers located the unconscious person, who did not have a pulse and was not breathing. They immediately administered the nasal Naloxone to counteract the drug overdose and administered chest compressions.

While officers were performing CPR on the individual, VicPD said a crowd began gathering and tried to intervene and stop them from performing first aid.

Additional officers arrived and moved the crowd back. At that point, a man in the crowd stabbed one of the officers under an arm using a needle.

The suspect was disarmed and was taken into custody.He is facing two recommended charges of obstruction and assaulting a police officer with a weapon.

The officer was taken to hospital and treated for a non-life threatening wound.

The overdose victim regained a pulse and consciousness, but declined further medical treatment when paramedics arrived.


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