Saint-Gilles: three police officers attacked and injured by passers-by during an intervention

Saint-Gilles: three police officers attacked and injured by passers-by during an intervention

Three officers from the Brussels-Midi police zone (Anderlecht-Saint-Gilles-Forest) were injured on Wednesday afternoon during an intervention in Saint-Gilles. The information disclosed by Het Nieuwsblad was confirmed by the spokesperson for the area and by the Brussels public prosecutor’s office. Officers were attempting to intercept suspected drug dealers when they were assaulted by bystanders. One of them was arrested and received a summons for an immediate appearance.

The facts took place place Jacques Franck in Saint-Gilles. The officers on patrol had intervened following actions deemed suspicious with a scooter. “They found a large quantity of drugs near this scooter. But, when the suspects tried to flee, they received help from passers-by“, said the spokeswoman for the police area Sarah Frederickx. “They threatened the officers and assaulted them. A violent altercation ensued, during which three officers were injured. Two of them suffered a few days of incapacity for work, the third a month.”

The police were able to intercept one of the passers-by. He was made available to the Brussels public prosecutor’s office, which immediately decided to refer him to the criminal court for an immediate appearance. From February 3, the man will have to answer for intentional assault and battery, with incapacity for work, to four agents, and rebellion, according to the prosecution.

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