After buying a large knife on his lunch break Australia Post worker Stephen Hodge - who would later be shot dead by police - called his mum to let her know he would be on the TV news that night, a NSW inquest has been told.
Barrister Rob Ranken on Monday outlined the dramatic events leading up to the moment two plain clothes police opened fire killing the 51-year-old.
Mr Ranken told Newcastle Local Court the mentally ill Mr Hodge had been drinking on September 9, 2015, before he chased his manager, Brendan Hogan, outside the Warners Bay post office wielding the knife above his head. The two had earlier been arguing.
The manager escaped and was hiding terrified in the post office's back room when Mr Hodge began moaning and groaning and talking to himself. He then slashed his wrist after motioning that he was going to slit his own throat.
Police were called and two officers, constables Jamie Taylor and Darren Hamilton, confronted the agitated Mr Hodge in the post office car park and pleaded with him to drop the knife before firing five shots when he advanced towards them.
Mr Ranken, counsel assisting acting state coroner Teresa O'Sullivan, said two shots fired by Const Taylor hit Mr Hodge in the upper chest and abdomen, causing his death.
Const Hamilton fired three shots. Two of the bullets hit Mr Hodge having a "minor contributing role" in his death.
Before the shooting, the court heard, Mr Hodge had called his 79-year-old mother on his mobile phone to say You're going to see me on the TV news tonight.
Mr Ranken said Const Taylor, with his gun drawn, was the first to confront Mr Hodge after 3pm and told him: "Put the knife on the ground right now."
Mr Hodge ignored that direction, raised the knife head high, and moved towards the two officers.
Stepping backwards, Const Taylor told Mr Hodge: "Put it down, mate. Don't make me have to shoot you."
Const Taylor repeatedly pleaded with Mr Hodge to put the knife down, telling him the officers would have to shoot if he didn't.
At one stage Const Taylor told him: "Come on, mate, stop mucking around. You don't want to do this. Put it down, mate. We're here to help you."
Mr Ranken said Mr Hodge started to move towards Const Taylor in a "striding manner" and backed the officer into a corner against a gate.
Continuing to yell "put it down, put it down" both officers opened fire as Mr Hodge advanced.
Mr Ranken said it had been just 40 seconds from the time the constables had arrived to confront Mr Hodge to when they opened fire.
The inquest resumes on Tuesday.