Shocking moment man lunges at police officer with huge kitchen knives

This is the shocking moment a man lunged at a police officer and tried to stab him with two huge knives.

The bodycam footage shows Tony Buttigieg bursting through a door after police officers arrived at his flat in Newport, Wales.

Despite being Tasered, he launched an attack on PC Rhydian Jones with the two blades.

PC Jones, who was protected by body armour, was able to wrestle him to the floor.

Tony Buttigieg lunges at PC Rhydian Jones (PA)

Buttigieg, 36, was sentenced to four years in prison for attempted GBH at Swansea Crown Court on Tuesday.

On Monday October 2 last year, officers were called to a report of a man banging doors in the hallway of residential flats in the Caerleon area.

One of the knives used in the attack (PA)

When they arrived Buttigieg, who was intoxicated, was waving knives around, making threats to harm himself and the officers. 

He began to lash out and attempted to stab PC Jones on at least three occasions, police said.

Tony Buttigieg was jailed for four years (PA)

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Wilkie said: “Luckily, the outcome wasn’t fatal but nonetheless it was traumatic for all those involved. Tony Buttigieg acted with blatant disregard for both the public and attending officers which is totally unacceptable.

“The body worn video footage is particularly harrowing to watch and reminds us of the risks officers face every day, when officers are simply carrying out their duty.”

Chief Constable Julian Williams (second right) with police officers (left to right) PC Rhydian Jones, PC Gareth Marsh and PC Ashley Cotton (PA)

PC Rhydian Jones, PC Gareth Marsh and PC Ashley Cotton received a Chief Constable’s Commendation in March for their bravery when responding to the incident.

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