Gunman shot dead after opening fire on Sydney police stations
Police have shot and killed a gunman who opened fire on two police stations and a home in Sydney’s west last night.
At about 9.35pm, a white four-wheel-drive pulled up outside Penrith Police Station. A man stepped out of the vehicle with a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun draped over one shoulder.
Shocking video footage shows him confront police before firing multiple shots at officers.
They returned fire, with police sources telling Ray Hadley the gunman was hit with 25 bullets.
Officers dragged the man inside the police station, fearing there was another gunman.
They rendered first aid but he died at the scene.
A male constable was rushed to Westmead Hospital in a non life-threatening condition, having been shot in the back of the head.
20 minutes earlier, the same man is believed to have fired a number of shots into St Mary’s Police Station.
And just before that, a home in Marayong was peppered with bullets during a “drive-by shooting”.
At this stage, the man’s motive still isn’t known but a Critical Incident Investigation Team is investigating.
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Jeff Loy updates the situation, telling Alan Jones the officers are lucky to be alive.
“The police, to be confronted and to stand up in that confrontation under fire, have shown extreme courage and we’re very proud of the police.
“I spoke to them all last night and they’re shaken, as you would be, but they’re also reflecting on their own families and themselves and how fortunate they were not to be killed.”
Deputy Commissioner Loy reveals initial investigations suggest the gun was purchased illegally and that the home at Marayong was not involved in any criminal activity.
“It’s a very unusual event and his criminality was extreme.
“I would suggest that he’s possibly not licensed.”
Alan Jones says it shows just how grateful we ought to be for our police, with the event coming the week after National Police Remembrance Day.
“This is dreadful stuff,” says Alan.
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