A POLICEMAN stabbed five times by an illegal street seller on a beach at Punta Umbria (Spain) has left hospital.
Speaking on social media he said: “I got goose bumps when I watched the video in slow motion. I have two birthdays a year.”
The officer, Antonio Garrido, described the attack as “cowardly, treacherous and vile. It was an attempt to kill me in the middle of the beach at two o’clock in the afternoon, with an uncovered face and with viciousness.” All over an administrative denunciation against unauthorised street selling.
The police officer also sent his thanks for the messages of concern and encouragement he has received since he was wounded, particularly from his family, colleagues in Punta Umbria and other police officers throughout Spain and abroad.
Garrido added that he will make an official statement and that “I will soon be at your service again.”
The incident happened on August 7 at 1.50pm as police carried out an operation against people illegally selling items on the Huelva beach. The alleged attacker is in custody with police saying he tried to stab two other officers. Another two men have also been detained by police.
This incident took place only five days after two officers were injured after being allegedly assaulted by two other unlicenced street vendors on the beach.
The three detainees are in Guardia Civil custody and are due to appear in court today (August 9