Third man charged after police officer assaulted - Albury

Monday, 04 October 2021 10:13:06 AM

A third man has been charged after a police officer was allegedly assaulted following a brawl in the state’s south at the weekend.

Just after 8.30pm (Saturday 2 October 2021), officers attached to Murray River Police District were conducting proactive patrols of the Albury area, when they observed two men involved in a physical altercation on Dean Street.

When police intervened, a 20-year-old man was arrested and held to the ground by a male senior constable, before they were approached by a third man, who allegedly kicked the officer in the face, rendering him unconscious.

All three men then fled the scene on foot.

The male senior constable was taken to Albury Base Hospital with a head injury and facial fractures, where he remains in a serious condition.

Additional police arrived and established a crime scene, before officers commenced a search of the surrounding area.

A short time later, police arrested the two men involved in the physical altercation – aged 22 and 20 – in separate locations nearby.

As part of ongoing inquiries, a 20-year-old Wodonga man was arrested at Albury Police Station about 10.15pm.

All three men were taken into custody at Albury Police Station.

The 20-year-old Albury man was charged with affray. He was refused bail and is due to appear at Wagga Wagga Bail Court today (Monday 4 October 2021).

The 20-year-old Wodonga man was charged with cause grievous bodily harm to person with intent to resist arrest. He appeared at Wagga Wagga Bail Court yesterday (Sunday 3 October 2021), where he was formally refused bail to reappear at Albury Local Court tomorrow (Tuesday 5 October 2021).

The 22-year-old Albury man was charged with affray and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Albury Local Court on Monday 1 November 2021.

Investigations are continuing.