A senior NSW detective remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital after he was twice stabbed by an accused child sex offender during an arrest in Sydney's southeast.
Detective Sergeant John Breda, 45, was stabbed in the chest and abdomen in the beer garden of the busy Maroubra Junction Hotel on Australia Day afternoon.
He was at the hotel with colleagues to arrest 33-year-old Nick Newman, who was the subject of a court warrant in relation to alleged child sex offences.
Police said the officer was stabbed during a "confrontation" and Newman was shot dead by two other officers.
Det Sgt Breda was taken to St Vincent's Hospital in a critical condition where he underwent surgery.
On Saturday he remained in the intensive care unit in a serious but stable condition, a police spokeswoman told AAP.
Acting NSW Police Commissioner Dave Hudson and Police Minister Troy Grant visited the hospital on Saturday and were briefed on Det Sgt Breda's condition.
"They are comfortable with his progress so far however he is by no means out of danger," Mr Hudson said.
Mr Grant drove to Sydney from Dubbo overnight after hearing about the incident.
"It's the worst phone call a minister can get to hear one of NSW's finest has been injured so severely with his life at threat," he said.
Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton said the two other officers were traumatised after a "relatively routine situation" escalated.
A critical investigation has been launched which will be subject to an independent review.
The day before the stabbing, police issued a public appeal for information on Newman's whereabouts.
He was scheduled to appear in Penrith Local Court on Wednesday but failed to appear.