Hero cop only just out of academy

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - HORROR AT HOME - DAVID HUR­LEY

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.

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