A police officer is in hospital with a fractured skull after allegedly being attacked by a man wielding a samurai sword in Rockingham.
The incident happened about 5:30pm on Wednesday at a house on Parkin Street where officers were responding to a family violence incident between a man and a woman.
It is alleged the man had left the scene prior to police arrival.
While police were conducting inquiries at the address, the man returned to the house and then assaulted a male Senior Constable with a samurai sword.
The officer was struck to the head causing a large wound.
Other officers were called to attend the scene, with the man having to be tasered in order for him to be restrained.
The 55 year old Senior Constable received a deep wound to his head and was taken by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital.
The father-of-four suffered a fractured skull and needed 25 stitches.
A hospital spokesperson said the officer was in a stable condition.
Police said a man had been taken into custody and the sword seized as evidence.
A 45 year old man of Beeliar has been charged with six six offences including acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and is due to appear in Rockingham Court on Thursday.
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