By Cathy Elelman • 23 August 2019 • 10:30
RISK: A police officer used his shield as protection when the woman lunged at him with a knife.
CREDIT: Policia Nacional Almeria
POLICE forced their way into a property in Almeria prompted by fears a woman could do herself or others harm after suffering a psychotic breakdown.
Local police, the fire service and the 061 health emergency service requested the national police assistance in order to transfer the woman to the Torrecardenas hospital psychiatric unit.
When national police officers arrived at the property in Calle Ferrocarril the doctor with the judicial authorisation to follow the protocol for this kind of situation explained it had been impossible to move the patient, who suffers from serious psychiatric problems and was armed with a knife.
The decision was taken to raise up a fire engine ladder to the third floor apartment.
Officers smashed through a window. At that instant the woman lunged forward with the knife in her hand and shouting at the policeman in front, who had to protect himself with his shield.
In a matter of seconds the officers had immobilised the woman and let in the health team to examine her and take her to hospital.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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