A POLICEMAN who cheated death after being repeatedly stabbed by a criminal he was arresting is up for a bravery award.
PC Alex Stypulkowski was attacked with a screwdriver by a man he was called out to detain under the Mental Health Act.
PC Stypulkowski, who was unarmed, almost died in the ‘frenzied attack’ as he chased the mandown and arrested him.
Now the officer has been nominated in The Police Bravery Awards.
John Apter, Hampshire Police Federation chairman, said: ‘PC Alex Stypulkowski demonstrated extreme bravery in what was a violent attack on an unarmed officer.
‘It was only good luck and body armour which prevented something far worse’.
PC Stypulkowski gave chase after the man fled from a property in Petersfield on his arrival, bolting through a back garden and over fences.
He had become separated from his colleague when the man stopped, turned round, brandished a screwdriver and told the officer ‘you’re going to die.’
PC Stypulkowski swiftly drew his CS gas and sprayed the man – who has a history of violence – as he walked towards him.
But the man continued so he hit him in the leg with his baton.
Both men fell to the ground. The attacker pulled PC Stypulkowski’s jacket over his head and repeatedly struck him in the chest, head and neck, leaving him fearing for his life.
Another officer arrived at the scene, but despite being hurt, PC Stypulkowski continue to chase the man after he ran off.
They came across the man hiding behind a car, who leapt out brandishing the weapon and shouted at PC Stypulkowski ‘I’m going to kill you.’
The PC used his CS spray a second time and shouted for back-up.
The other officer tasered the attacker and PC Stypulkowski arrested him.
He was taken to hospital where medics discovered PC Stypulkowski has been stabbed in the head and neck, with one wound narrowly missing his jugular vein.
Hampshire police Chief Constable Alex Marshall said: ‘PC Stypulkowski is a dedicated police officer.
‘His actions on that night demonstrated exceptional bravery and determination.
‘I am extremely proud of him, he is a credit to Hampshire Constabulary.’
The awards ceremony is to be held at the Plaisterers Hall in London on Thursday.