UK police
Police officer shot in eye in Staffordshire. Reuters

A police officer was shot in the eye with an air gun in Staffordshire.

The sergeant, reportedly from Cannock was injured after a 34-year-old was alleged to have fired the air weapon during a disturbance at Wat Tyler Close in Rugeley on 19 October.

He is currently being treated unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

The officer, who has been commended for his bravery, was part of a team called by paramedics who were asking for assistance.

A 34-year-old man has since been detained under the Mental Health Act, according to the Express and Star.

Staffordshire Police said they were not investigating anybody else in connection with the incident.

Stephen Morrey, Chief Inspector, the local policing commander for the district said: "This is a distressing incident whereby one of my officers has been injured whilst protecting members of the public.

"Whilst we are fortunate that incidents like this are very rare, it is a prudent reminder of the danger that officers face daily in their lawful duty to protect members of our communities. The sergeant has done what the public would expect without hesitation, he should be commended for carrying out his duty in this way."

He added his thoughts were with his family and hoped the injury was not permanent.