Dramatic video footage of a police shooting which was captured by a television crew during a stand-off between an officer and a man holding a replica gun in a suburban burglary has been played to a District Court jury today.
The footage was played to the court in the trial of Cameron Francis Kelly, who has pleaded not guilty to one charge of aggravated serious assault against a public officer.
Filmed by a crew from Channel 7 program The Force, who were shadowing two officers on a day shift on February 9 last year, the footage records Sgt Manus Walsh calling for urgent back-up after he confronted Mr Kelly in the backyard of a Cannington home.
In the footage, Sgt Walsh can be heard calling for urgent back-up and repeatedly yelling at Mr Kelly to put his gun down.
“You have got nowhere to go mate,” Sgt Walsh shouts. “Put it down.”
Three shots are then fired by Sgt Walsh, two of which hit Mr Kelly. The police officer then calls for an ambulance as Mr Kelly lays injured on the ground and a helicopter hovers overhead.
Opening the State case this morning, prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo said it was alleged that Mr Kelly had committed the offence when he pointed the replica gun at Sgt Walsh.
Ms Barbagallo said the prosecution submitted that if it was proven that he trained the replica gun on Mr Walsh, or brandished the weapon at him, the charge was satisfied.
Ms Barbagallo said Sgt Walsh had thought the firearm was real and believed that if he did not shoot Mr Kelly, he was in danger of being shot himself.