A British Transport Police (BTP) officer took on all three London terrorists in the recent attack, armed only with a baton. The officer is being lauded as a hero, though he sustained several knife wounds during the incident and is now in hospital.
When the ISIS terrorists began stabbing civilians at the Borough Market on Saturday evening, the officer launched himself at the attackers despite his only weapon being a baton. He suffered knife wounds to the face, head and leg, but many are now praising his heroic actions. Indeed, he acted in stark contrast with other police officers who were seen running away from the attack.
BTP Chief Constable Paul Crowther hailed the heroic act. “Having visited the officer in hospital shortly after he was admitted for treatment, I was able to hear his account of what happened last night. It became clear that he showed enormous courage in the face of danger, as did many others who were at the scene and rushed to help,” he said.
“Although he is seriously unwell, he was able to recount how he faced the attackers armed only with his baton, outside London Bridge station. For an officer who only joined us less than two years ago, the bravery he showed was outstanding and makes me extremely proud.”
“All of us at BTP wish him a swift recovery, and I know he will be touched by the hundreds of messages of support from across the UK and the world,” added Crowther.
The Daily Caller reports:
The BTP officer, while seriously injured, is now in stable condition. More than 90 percent of police officers in London do not carry a gun.
The BBC also reported that an off-duty policeman, who is also a rugby player, tackled one of the three attackers and is now in critical condition after suffering stab wounds.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick applauded the “extraordinarily brave actions by officers on and off duty first on the scene.”