FIRST ON 7: A policeman has explained to the Coroner's court why he shot a man, who was sitting in a car on a Castle Hill street.
Detective Paul Gardiner walked investigators through the scene where he shot a man in a ute in Sydney’s north-west.“I've brought my firearm up and fired. twice,” Gardiner said.
He and two other plain clothes officers went running and minutes later, Rodney Elkass was dead from a bullet wound to the head.
Detective Gardiner today told an inquest of his split second decision to open fire, saying he and a colleague did so to save another officer, after Elkass pointed a gun at him.
“[He] came out and just went like that, straight at Paul,” Gardiner said.
Thirty-seven witnesses have said they didn't hear anyone identify themselves as police, but Detective Gardiner today insisted that he did.
"I said it at least once, I am sure I said police."The inquest is considering whether plain clothes officers should put on fluro caps or vests when responding to emergencies.
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