BRITAIN’S hardest copper who tasered a machete-wielding thug despite being slashed in the head has been pictured as his family describe their ‘incredible pride’.
PC Stuart Outten, 28, is recovering in hospital after being attacked in Leyton, East London, in the early hours of yesterday morning.
His police officer girlfriend was called to the scene not knowing he was the victim left suffering from horrific wounds.
In a statement released by police today, PC Outten’s family said they were “incredibly proud” of the hero cop.
The family said: “We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received from the public, Stuart’s colleagues and the wider policing family.
“We are incredibly proud of the bravery Stuart showed during the incident. His injuries could have been fatal and we are thankful that he is stable and recovering in hospital with his loved ones around him.
“Stuart joined the Met straight from school and loves being a police officer and protecting the public. Although there are risks associated with his job, we would never have expected something like this to happen.
“We are so grateful to the London Ambulance Service paramedics and hospital staff for their care and compassion.”
Police said the suspect had been pulled over in his van on Coopers Lane shortly after midnight, suspected of driving without insurance.
During a two-minute conversation, the man had allegedly become “aggressive” and tried to get back into his van to drive away.
Det Ch Sup Richard Tucker told a press conference the suspect then pulled out a blade and attacked the officer.
Despite serious multiple head wounds and another to his hand, PC Outten was still able to hit back by zapping the man with his 50,000-volt Taser.
Exclusive footage obtained by The Sun Online shows the blood-soaked policeman shouting for horrified witnesses to hand him his radio as he collapses to the ground.
As the suspect can be seen lying next to him, the cop then radios for help.
PC Outten tells a colleague: “I need an ambulance now. I’ve been stabbed with a machete.”
A female cop swoops to pin down the suspect, appearing to pull a huge blade from him.