A Sydney siege police officer was shot dead and another was wounded during a police chase in Sydney’s south-east, the first officer to die in a police shooting in nearly four years.
Key points:The man, believed to be a 23-year-old man from Melbourne, was shot in the face during a foot pursuitPolice say the shooting happened at about 3:40pm (AEDT)Police say they believe the two officers involved in the chase were involved in a domestic dispute.
Officers say the officer involved was a trained firearms officer and he was wearing body armour when he was shot.
“The man was shot and the officer who was in the car with him was shot,” Detective Superintendent Greg Lea said.
“We believe the officer was involved in an altercation with the man, who was involved with a firearm.”
That officer has died.
“There is an ongoing investigation.”
Witnesses told the ABC they saw the man shot and a police officer run from the scene.
“They ran over the fence, they came up to the fence and he jumped on the fence,” witness David MacGregor said.
Police said the man was taken to hospital, but his condition was not immediately known.
“He was hit in the leg by the bullet,” Sergeant Simon Rochon said.
The gunman fled the scene on foot, police said.
No-one else was hurt.
The siege unfolded after police raided a home on St James’s Crescent and shot dead a man who was believed to have a gun.
“This is a complex incident involving multiple officers,” Sergeant Lea told reporters.
“What we do know is that we are working with the other members of the force to identify who is involved and to try to get to the bottom of this.”
“We have no reason to believe this was a domestic issue.”‘
It was a bloody, bloody, terrible event’Sydneysiege gunman Adam Yentob was known to police, the ABC reported.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Mr Yentop, of the North Shore, told reporters, as he said he was terrified.
“It was just absolutely shocking,” he said.’
There was a lot of panic’Witnesses said the gunman was shot at least five times, and he ran through the streets, in what police described as a frenzied, “heist-like” pursuit.
“People were running in all directions, running to the shops,” witness Mike Gough told ABC News.
“I heard gunshots, I saw a police car go by and I thought I heard a couple of gunshots and then I heard, ‘I’m going to kill him’,” he said, as others shouted “He’s dead!”.
“I was running to a restaurant and I saw my friend running, my friend just ran and I was screaming at him, ‘get the f*** out, get the f**k out’.”‘
I’m just thankful no-one was hurt’Mr Yentops death comes after a spate of similar shootings in Sydney this year.
Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said he believed the man in the police chase had a gun but would not say if it was a replica.
“My belief is that it was an automatic weapon,” he told reporters in Sydney.
“If there is a weapon on the person, I think we’ll be looking into it.”
Mr Yantob had a history of mental health issues, including an attempted suicide, the police commissioner said.
“He had a mental health history,” he added.
“But we know that he was not a violent person.”
“He’s just thankful that there was no-body hurt.”
Police said two men were arrested for attempted murder after the shooting.
Police have said they are investigating a domestic disturbance in connection with the shooting, but did not elaborate.
The death comes just a week after a police dog was killed in a drive-by shooting in central Sydney.
The dogs death came less than a week before the start of the Sydney siege.