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A Queensland police officer is in a serious but stable condition in hospital this morning after he was stabbed multiple times at a shopping centre.

The 50-year-old senior constable was patrolling near Cairns Central when he noticed a man known to him in a stairwell, yesterday afternoon.

He approached the man, aged 22, and an “altercation” occurred, during which the officer was stabbed multiple times, Superintendent Chris Hodgman said.

The officer suffered wounds to his stomach, chest and a punctured lung and underwent surgery at Cairns Base Hospital.

The 22-year-old allegedly involved was later found at another address about half an hour away in Bungalow, where he was arrested.

He’s since been charged with four offences including grievous bodily harm.

A search is now underway for the knife allegedly used.


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