Attempting to interrupt a deal in an apartment, the officers wanted to apprehend three suspects. But one of them attacked the police without warning with a large pipe wrench. He struck the most seriously hurt officer with a heavy blow to the head. That same officer was also stabbed in the chest.
A wild brawl ensued and the three suspects fled the scene in a car. A police officer fired shots at the vehicle, but was unable to stop it. However, the men crashed into an undercover police car a few hundred metres down the road, injuring one suspect who was then arrested.
The two remaining suspects continued their escape on foot until they were finally apprehended minutes later in a courtyard. Police found them to be carrying baseball bats, brass knuckles and a knife. They are now being investigated for attempted murder among other charges.
The seriously injured police officer is stable condition.