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Man accused of assaulting police


LONE police officer feared for his life when he was allegedly attacked by a man who threatened to kill him during an arrest.

Despite the seriousness of the circumstances the constable allegedly faced, it is not unusual for officers to be on solo patrol, a police spokeswoman said.

Damage to the house at Highbury. Picture: Sam Wundke

Police Association president Mark Carroll told The Advertiser the traffic officer — named in court documents as Paul Jelfs — was the victim of a “frenzied attack” at Highbury on Wednesday.

His alleged attacker, Steven John Tipping, appeared in Port Adelaide Magistrates Court yesterday and applied for bail.

Tipping, 39, is charged with aggravated assault causing harm against police, threatening to kill or endanger life and resisting police.

The court heard an arrest warrant had been issued for Tipping after he failed to appear at Holden Hill Magistrates Court on Tuesday over serious firearms offences.

In opposing bail, police prosecutor Senior Constable Adam Randle said Constable Jelfs had gone to Tipping’s home to arrest him on the outstanding warrant.

“The officer told (Tipping) he was under arrest and tried to apply the handcuffs,” he said. “(Tipping) has grabbed hold of Jelfs and a struggle has ensued in which the officer was pushed and punched in the face by (Tipping).”

Sen-Constable Randle said Tipping kneed the officer in the chest before standing over him. He said Tipping then tried to grab the officer’s gun with both hands and “violently” pull it from the holster.

Police patrols were called and Tipping was arrested.

The officer suffered suspected broken ribs and a punctured lung, Constable Randle said.

Tipping’s lawyer, Stacey Carter, said the injuries described to the court contradicted a statement provided to the media by police.

Ms Carter said police had not visited Tipping about the arrest warrant but about his car, parked down the road.

“There had been a complaint about where it was parked. That particular car had broken down and was not able to be moved,” she said.

Ms Carter said Tipping believed his court date on the firearms matters was later.

“He agrees that there was a bit of an altercation, the police officer has fallen, but in no way did he grab the police officer’s gun or attempt to,” she said.

Ms Carter said Tipping denied the allegations and had been co-operating with police over the firearms matters.

Magistrate Alfio Grasso ordered a home detention report and remanded Tipping in custody to appear next Friday.

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