New details about man shot dead by police after he threatened family members with a kick before lunging at officers with two knives
A man shot dead by police threatened relatives with a kick before lunging at officers with two knives.
Two General Service officers went to a house in Yagoona in southwest Sydney shortly before 9am on Sunday for a domestic violence call when they were confronted by the man when they knocked on the door.
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith confirmed that the 29-year-old had previously wielded the shovel at members of his household, leading to the call to police, but had switched to the knives when police arrived.
He said the officers backed away from the door, but the man then chased them outside and punched them wildly.
“The petty officer deployed a taser and it impacted the 29-year-old, but he used the knives to disable that device,” he told reporters.
William Street in Sydney’s southwest Yagoona was swarming with police on Sunday after a man brandishing two knives attacked police and was shot
The man was taken to hospital in critical condition with injuries to his chest
“The individual tried to hack and stab the female officer. She lost her footing, she fell backwards. He continued the attack.”
The assailant’s attention was drawn to the male officer, who then fired three shots, hitting the man in the chest.
The two officers then performed CPR until paramedics arrived.
“I can only describe it as a very frightening event for both the police and everyone who witnessed it,” he said.
“(The officers) did not expect to be faced with such a vicious attack.”
The man was taken to Liverpool Hospital in critical condition but later died.
A local resident told Daily Mail Australia they heard the gunfire and then someone yelled, “You shot my brother!” You shot my brother!’.
A large group of men claiming to be relatives of the man were briefly seen arguing with officers over not being allowed to cross police tape.
It is unknown if anyone in the home was injured.
The family declined to comment when Daily Mail Australia contacted them.
A critical incidents team, made up of officers from the State Crime Command’s homicide division, will now investigate the circumstances of the incident, including the firing of a police firearm.
That investigation will be subject to an independent review.
A report is being prepared for the coroner.
The incident comes just days after a man was shot dead at Auburn police station after lunging at officers with a knife.
The Indian national had stabbed a cleaner at the nearby Auburn train station just before Tuesday around noon.
The officers tried to save the life of the 32-year-old man, but he was later pronounced dead by paramedics.
Detectives from the anti-terror unit are investigating the stabbing.