Man shot dead with three bullets to chest by police was ‘threatening family members with a shovel before lunging at officers with two knives’
- Man shot by police in Sydney’s south-west
- He lunged at officers with two knives
A man shot dead by police had been threatening family members with a shovel before he lunged at officers with two knives.
Two general duties cops attended a house in Yagoona in Sydney’s south-west shortly before 9am on Sunday on a domestic violence call-out when they were confronted by Hilal Barbour, 29, reports 9 News.
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith confirmed he had earlier wielded the shovel at members of his household, sparking the call to police, but had switched to the knives before police knocked on the door.
He said the officers backed away from the house but the man then pursued them outside, wildly slashing in their direction.
‘The junior officer deployed a taser, and that had an impact on the 29-year-old, however he used the knives to disable that device,’ he told reporters.
William Street in Yagoona, south-west Sydney was swarming with police on Sunday after a man brandishing two knives attacked police and was shot
The knife-wielding man was rushed to hospital in a critical condition with wounds to his chest
‘The individual tried to slash 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 rounds, 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 police and anyone who witnessed it,’ Assistant Commissioner Smith said.
‘(The officers) didn’t expect to be confronted by such a vicious attack.’
The man was rushed to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition but later died.
The two officers were uninjured apart from a small knife wound on the male officer’s neck.
A local resident told Daily Mail Australia they heard gun shots then someone screaming: ‘You shot my brother! You shot my brother!’.
A large group of men claiming to be relatives of the man were later seen briefly arguing with officers after they were prevented from crossing police tape.
It is understood the man had a history of mental health problems.
It is not known if any people inside the house were injured.
The family declined to comment when contacted by Daily Mail Australia.
A critical incident team comprised of officers from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad will now investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, including the discharge of a police firearm.
Bodycam and CCTV footage will be examined and the investigation will be subject to independent review.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.
A large group of people gathered near the cordoned off area on the suburban street
The incident will be investigated by detectives form the homicide squad and be subject to an independent review
The incident follows another man who was shot dead by officers in Auburn police station after lunging at officers with a knife.
The Indian national had moments earlier stabbed a cleaner at nearby Auburn train station about 12am on Tuesday.
The officers worked to save the 32-year-old man’s life but he was later declared dead at the scene by paramedics.
Detectives from the counter terrorism squad are investigating that stabbing.