четверг, 1 марта 2012 г.

Vic: Police defend officers actions over shooting death

AAP General News (Australia)
Vic: Police defend officers actions over shooting death

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner RAY SHUEY has defended the actions of police
who shot dead a man on a suburban street west of Melbourne last night.

Police went to a house in Sydenham, just before 7pm (AEST) yesterday, following reports
of a stabbing attack.

Mr SHUEY says it was a dynamic and volatile situation in which the knife-wielding offender,
aged in his 20s, was a threat to both the public and the police.

He insists his officers had only a fraction of a second to react to the life-threatening
situation and stop the threat.

Mr SHUEY says the man had stabbed himself, had attacked the public and would not respond
to demands to put his weapon down.

Had the police not arrived at the critical time, he says, there may have been more
serious injuries to members of the public.

A full investigation will be carried out by the homicide squad, overseen by the ethical
standards department and an inquest brief will be presented to the coroner.

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