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Tele: Bankstown Central: Cops ‘lucky to be alive’ after man allegedly charged them with knife

New details have emerged of how the junior police were forced to shoot the 40-year-old man, who will face court charged with attempted murder after allegedly running at them with a knife.Carla HildebrandtNovember 29, 2020 – 2:22PMThe Daily Telegraph

Two junior police are “lucky to be alive” after shooting a married father-of-three who allegedly charged towards them with a knife in Sydney’s west on Saturday night.

Riverwood man Nabil Tabikh, 40, is in a stable condition at Liverpool Hospital after undergoing surgery for a bullet wound to his upper thigh.

He will appear in court today after he was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of being armed with an intent to commit an indictable offence, and two counts of assaulting a police officer in the execution of duty without actual bodily harm.

His wife and three sons wanted to attend the court appearance at Parramatta Court but were kept out due to COVID restrictions.

Bankstown Police Acting Superintendent Detective Darren Sly has alleged Tabikh ran at two Transport Command officers who had just exited their vehicle at Bankstown Central shopping centre car park, about 7.20pm.

“Just after they got out of the car… a man charged at them brandishing a knife,” Det Sly said.

“They took immediate action to try and get away from him and fired shots to try and stop him.”

The senior and junior constable used their guns, with three shots fired in total before the man reached them.

“The incident was very close contact. The officers would not have been aware the man was there. The officers are very lucky to be alive,” he said.

“This is just another indicator of the dangers of policing and what police face on a daily basis.”

Det Sly said the man did not say anything when he approached.

He said the man started bleeding heavily from an artery and was “probably saved” by the policeman at the scene.

“They used a tourniquet and rendered first aid before he was taken to Liverpool Hospital. They did a great job and probably saved the man’s life,” he said.

As is standard procedure with any police shooting, an independent review of the incident will be conducted into the incident.

He said there were no indicators the nature of the alleged attack was fuelled by anti-police or extremist violence.

Det Sly said the probe would be overseen by the professional standards command and the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission. But Det Sly said there were “no red flags”.

“We have a number of different technical options. At this stage the officers have determined a firearm is needed,” he said.

“If they’re determined their lives are at threat, they can use deadly force to stop the person. There’s no red flags.”

The officers will continue to work.

SMH: Man charged with attempted murder after police shooting

A man accused of rushing at police officers with a knife only to be shot in the thigh has been charged with attempted murder.

Nabil Tabikh, 40, is alleged to have rushed towards two officers from the Police Transport Command in the Bankstown Central carpark just after 7pm on Saturday night.

He allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened the officers.

The officers responded with gunfire and Mr Tabikh was shot in the leg.

He was taken to hospital for surgery and remained under police guard in a serious but stable condition on Sunday.Advertisement

NSW Police Minister David Elliott said he would back the officers “to the nth degree” for the right to defend themselves. He has asked Parliament to consider tougher penalties for people who attack police or emergency services personnel.

“If they’re threatened with a life-threatening act then they’re able to use their firearms and this is a situation where that has potentially occurred,” Mr Elliott said.

Mr Tabikh was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of armed with intent to commit indictable offence and two counts of assault police officer in execution of duty without actual bodily harm.

He was refused bail on Sunday afternoon ahead of a bail review on Monday morning.

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