A Queensland police officer is taken to hospital in a serious condition after being stabbed at least twice in the chest at a major Cairns shopping centre.

A Queensland police officer has been taken to hospital in a serious condition, after he was stabbed in the chest at a major Cairns shopping centre.
Emergency services were called to the incident at Cairns Central on McLeod Street just before 2:30pm.
Police said a 22-year-old man was in custody and assisting police with their enquiries.
Officers found the man half an hour later at Bungalow, where he was arrested.
Superintendent Chris Hodgman from the Far North District said the officer was stabbed at least twice.
Police officers arrested the man in Bungalow.(Supplied: Martin Bumpstead)
“One of our colleagues has been stabbed and is currently in hospital,” he said.
“The police officer was conducting some patrols in Cairns Central, in a stairwell. He came across a male known to him.
“The officer works in one of our squads that has constant contact with offenders, so he knew who this person was.
“An altercation occurred whilst the officer was conducting his duties, and whilst they were struggling the officer was stabbed.
“There’s an intricate network of CCTV footage around this area this person was located very swiftly over near Bungalow.”
The 50-year-old officer is in the Cairns Base Hospital in a stable condition, with family attending.
“This has been a pretty tragic incident for the police family, unfortunately, and it’s a very, very sad time for us, but great that he is in a stable condition,” he said.
“I want to stress that this was a random incident, there’s no comparable incident around.
“Cairns is a safe place. This was an attack on a police officer it is one of the dangers that police officers face. The public should not be concerned about this.”
A crime scene has been declared as officers search for a knife, and police expect charges will be laid.