A 39-year-old man, who threatened a doctor with scissors, has been charged after a police officer and security guard were shot during a confrontation at Nepean Hospital overnight.
The alleged attacker was arrested at the scene and taken to Penrith Police Station and has been refused bail to appear at Penrith Local Court on Wednesday.
Senior Constable Luke Warburton was called to the hospital after reports a 39-year-old man held scissors to the throat of a doctor at Nepean Hospital located in Kingswood, a south-west suburb of Sydney.
It is believed three shots were fired in the emergency department shortly after 10.30pm on Tuesday after the officer lost control of his gun.
Reports suggest the patient reportedly grabbed Snr Const Warburton's gun during the scuffle and managed to turn the weapon on him and the security guard, shooting them both with the same bullet, reports suggest.
The assisting guard suffered a gun shot wound to his calf and the officer was shot in the groin and thigh and is believed to be in a critical but stable condition.
“During a struggle, a police officer lost control of his firearm. Subsequently, the police officer and a security guard were shot,” a statement from police read.
The 38-year-old Dog Squad officer is recovering in hospital and recently underwent emergency surgery after the confrontation.
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said Const Warburton had only just started his shift.
“This officer had only just started working, had only just started the shift for the night, had just taken the first call and this is what has occurred,” she said.
Police do not believe the incident was terror related.
Reports suggest an emergency room patient helped the officer and security guard after they were shot by another man.
Mark Marion, whose wife is a nurse at the hospital, said that police took the man to Nepean for assessment earlier that night, Daily Mail reported.
"Police picked him up from Mount Druitt and released him into the care of the hospital," he told the publication.
A alleged attacker man has been arrested and a critical incident team from North West Metropolitan Region will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Constable Warburton's police dog, Chuck, became a well-known hero after bringing in Malcolm Naden when he bit the fugitive on the leg as he was captured in a police operation.