In­jured cop fires at car

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

NSW

TWO Syd­ney po­lice opened fire on a flee­ing suspect who tried to run one of them over in his car yes­ter­day.

The se­nior con­sta­ble, aged in his 20s, was con­sid­ered lucky to have sus­tained only mi­nor in­juries.

The mo­torist had crossed to the wrong side of the road and drove through a red light in the in­ner Syd­ney sub­urb of Wool­loomooloo.

When po­lice tried to ques­tion the man in a cul-de-sac, the car knocked the of­fi­cer to the ground.

The driver al­legedly then re­versed to­wards the of­fi­cer who fired his gun, hit­ting the car.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mark Mur­doch said the of­fi­cer had acted cor­rectly in try­ing to pro­tect him­self.

The of­fi­cer’s part­ner, a pro­ba­tion­ary con­sta­ble, also fired shots, all of which hit the car.

No one was se­ri­ously hurt. The in­jured of­fi­cer was treated in St Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal for soft tis­sue dam­age to his legs and mi­nor cuts and bruises.

A 35-year-old man has been charged and will face court shortly.

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