Hero cop only just out of academy
THE police officer who shot and killed Bourke St terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali had only been on the job for three months.
Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton praised both officers and described how proud he was of the way they dealt with a nightmare scenario.
“These members found themselves in a dangerous situation very quickly,” Mr Ashton said.
“I think they acted very bravely. They endeavoured to do their job and I think they did that pretty effectively and bravely. They followed their training really, really well, from what I could see.
“I’m proud of their efforts.”
He said police were trained to initially try to “verbally deescalate” a suspect, with the added use of capsicum spray, batons and Tasers if needed.
“His attempts to attack the officers made that really difficult,” Mr Ashton said.
He said if there was an immediate threat to officers or members of the public, they were trained to use their weapon. “If they are going to shoot, they are trained to shoot to kill,” he said.
“They are both reasonably junior. In fact the member that shot at the offender had only been out of the (police) academy about three months.
“He has family members in Victoria Police and he is being provided with support today.
“Obviously they went through the initial process after the event of drug testing and taking statements.
“I’m told they are in good spirits, although shaken up.”
Wayne Gatt, secretary of the Police Association of Victoria, said: “We are very proud of their actions. It is a credit to them as it is to the uniform.”
Police shoot the attacker.