BREAKING NEWS
Third round technical knockout for Joseph Parker ... Read more
Close

Dead man 'drove at police in stolen truck'

Last updated 15:35 23/11/2012
redfern

ONE DEAD: The scene of the shooting in Redfern, Sydney.

Relevant offers

World

Hillary Clinton hits Trump on porn cameo after he tweets of 'sex tape' Phoebe Handsjuk's waste chute death unlike anything else Dangerous weather warning for south west of WA - homes and property under threat Farmers swamped after 35,000 mega litres of water released from dam in NSW, Australia In death, Peres brings Israelis, Palestinians together Police investigate after deer killed by car on busy road in Australian CBD Royals take fishing trip, paddle replica war canoe in Canada After American sisters die at luxury Seychelles resort, family seeks answers Watch a bird-eating tarantula shed its skin $1 coal mines turn to jackpots as China's cuts drive price rally

A man has died outside a pub in Redfern, after he allegedly drove at them and hit a pedestrian in a truck stolen from the City of Sydney council, a senior police source says.

The man, who is believed to be in his 40s, was driving a small work truck down a "shared zone" road near Redfern station just before midday on Friday when police opened fire.

The truck crashed into the outside of the Railz Hotel.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said: "One patient is unfortunately deceased".

The source told Fairfax Media the council had reported one of their trucks as stolen.

When police called on the driver to stop, he allegedly accelerated, hit a pole and a pedestrian, the source said.

"Police believed he was using the vehicle as a weapon and also drove at officers, who escaped before the truck crashed," the source said.

Shots were fired, but the cause of the man's death is yet to be determined.

Paramedics were treating two other people, believed to be pedestrians, for minor injuries, the ambulance spokesman said.

A witness, who did not wish to be named, said he heard two gunshots. He then saw the truck with a smashed windscreen and crumpled roof.

The male police officer who allegedly fired the shots was being consoled by other officers.

"He was walking back from the scene and other officers had their hands on his shoulder," he said.

A few minutes later, the officers reached inside the smashed car to pull the man out.

The witness said the man slumped out of the car and onto the road. "His body was slumped between the door and it fell down," he said. "It looked like he was gone."

Several ambulances have been requested and are attending the scene.

This incident has echoes of another police shooting in April, when officers shot a 14-year-old male driver and his 18-year-old passenger after their car mounted a busy footpath in Kings Cross.

Ad Feedback

- FFX Aus

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content