The officer, Stuart Outten, 28, stabbed by van driver with a machete, he was critically injured after pulling over a van for not having insurance near Leyton Midland Station, east London, shortly after midnight on Thursday.
Officer has been dubbed the world’s hardest cop after he Tasered and then arrested his attacker despite a large chunk being taken out of the side of his head.
The driver being pulled over failed to stop immediately but then he got out of the van and launched a ‘sudden and brutal attack’ on the officer, near Leyton Midland Station, east London, shortly after midnight on Thursday.
As well as the head injury he needed treatment to his hands from shielding himself in the attack. After arresting the suspect he was heard saying ‘help, I’ve been stabbed’.
He then reassured bosses and friends with a text message that simply said: ‘I’m okay.’ It is also believed that his girlfriend is a fellow officer and she went to the scene to be with him before accompanying him at hospital.
PC Outten, a West Ham fan from Grays, Essex, is still at the Royal London Hospital where he is in a stable condition.
His family released a statement in which they said: ‘We are incredibly proud of the bravery Stuart showed during the incident.
‘Although there are risks associated with his job, we would never have expected something like this to happen.’
Muhammad Rodwan, 56, has been charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.