Po­lice say Ade­laide hit-and-run sus­pect was bran­dish­ing shot­gun be­fore he was killed

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A man shot dead by elite South Aus­tralian po­lice at an Ade­laide mo­tel was bran­dish­ing a shot­gun and threat­en­ing a woman who was locked in­side the room with him, po­lice say.

The deputy com­mis­sioner, Linda Wil­liams, said po­lice tried to ne­go­ti­ate with the 24-year-old man to sur­ren­der peace­fully.

“Shots were heard from the room and a short time later the man was shot by po­lice,” Wil­liams said in Ade­laide on Sun­day. “The man was treated at the scene but un­for­tu­nately he died from his in­juries.”

The 21-year-old woman, who was known to the man, was not phys­i­cally in­jured dur­ing the or­deal at the Toll­gate Mo­tel at Glen Os­mond on Satur­day night. Wil­liams said the woman was be­ing threat­ened.

The man was wanted for ear­lier crash­ing his van into a po­lice officer.

Po­lice had been look­ing for him af­ter he de­lib­er­ately drove into an officer who tried to pull him over at Mitchell Park on Fri­day.

About 7pm on Satur­day po­lice tracked him to the mo­tel on Mount Barker Road. Elite of­fi­cers sur­rounded the room and some guests were forced to evac­u­ate their rooms.

Wil­liams said ma­jor crime de­tec­tives would in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent and a re­port pre­pared for the coro­ner.

A com­mis­sioner’s in­quiry will also be held into the shoot­ing. No po­lice were in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

The van used in the hit-and-run was found dumped at Hal­lett Cove hours af­ter the in­ci­dent, which left the male officer with a con­cus­sion and a cut on his head.

The as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner, Noel Bam­ford, told re­porters a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion would be con­ducted into the in­ci­dent.

“This mat­ter is quite tragic in the way it’s ended,” he told re­porters. “Un­for­tu­nately he has died as a con­se­quence of the po­lice ac­tion.

“It’s im­por­tant we un­der­take a com­plete and thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter.”

South Aus­tralian po­lice have shot dead a man who was wanted for crash­ing his van into an officer. Pho­to­graph: Daniel Kal­isz/ Getty Images

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