Paramedics “feared for their lives” during a welfare check where a police officer shot a man who was wielding a knife, a senior police officer claims.
Police and paramedics were called to a home on Chisholm St in Sydney’s inner-city suburb of Darlinghurst about 4.40pm on Sunday, following concerns for the 32-year-old man’s welfare.
South Sydney Police Area Commander Superintendent Andrew Holland said upon arriving at the property, paramedics entered the home to assist the man while police waited outside.
They were then approached by the man who was wielding a “large carving knife,” which caused the paramedics to flee from the building.
“The male approached them with a carving knife and the ambulance officers have obviously run for their lives from this location,” he said.
On Monday, Superintendent Holland confirmed to media only one shot had been fired.
He said the man was now recovering at St Vincent’s Hospital in a stable condition.
The patient was struck in the upper abdomen. The bullet didn’t strike any organs thankfully,” he said.
“The patient has been operated on, and is now in a condition and is able to talk to family and friends.”
Superintendent Holland added that the man’s partner had made the triple-0 call, however, they were not under threat.
He added that police believe the episode was linked to self-harm.
The incident, including the discharge of a police firearm, will now be independently investigated by the critical incident team from Leichhardt Police Area Command.
The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) confirmed it had been notified of the incident and will independently monitor the investigation, which will also be reviewed by the Professional Standards Command.
Superintendent Holland said he had reviewed the body-worn video from the welfare check and said he was “comfortable with the actions and the officers involved”.
“Police have had to react very quickly to a situation that was unfolding,” he said.
“Police reacted quickly and in my opinion, reacted well in this situation.”