An assault at a Townsville shopping centre has left a female police officer in hospital.
Around 5.30pm Thursday, two female officers were patrolling Stocklands Shopping Centre when an incident involving a man occurred.
Police say a woman in her 30s suffered facial injuries and was transported to Townsville University Hospital.
The officer has since been released from hospital with a broken nose, suspected concussion, and neck injuries.
A man was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital.
He is being dealt with under the provisions of the Mental Health Act.
Investigations are underway.
Witnesses, including anyone with information or relevant CCTV or dashcam vision, is urged to contact police.