Man charged with police officer murder bid after axe attack
A 35-year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of a female police officer who was seriously injured in an axe attack.
Nathan Sumner, of Plowright Close, Gleadless, Sheffield, has also been charged with a number of other offences in connection with the incident on Wednesday night.
The officer, who has not been named, lost a finger when she was attacked with a hatchet after attending a domestic incident in Plowright Close. She also suffered a fractured skull and a broken leg.
Sumner will appear at Sheffield Magistrates' Court on Friday.
Sumner faces a charge of attempted murder, seven counts of assault by beating, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two counts of making threats to kill, affray, threatening a person with a blade in a public place and production of cannabis.
The female officer was the most seriously hurt of five police officers injured in the attack after she and a male colleague responded to what they thought was a "routine" domestic incident.
The incident began at a flat but finished in a nearby Co-op store where the attacker was subdued by officers using batons and a Taser.
Simon Ellis, 46, described how he witnessed the attack and then pulled the injured officer into his flat.
South Yorkshire Police said she remains in hospital.