Various: Officer hit by fragment of police bullet in Earlwood

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One police officer has been run over by a reversing car while another has been shot in the arm in an incident in Sydney’s inner west.

Four officers were on Friday evening approaching a Honda sedan parked at an Earlwood reserve when the vehicle began to reverse, striking an officer.

Police say one of the four officers – a 44-year-old senior constable – then shot his gun, with a fragment of the bullet striking another officer in the forearm.

A 27-year-old male constable will undergo surgery later on Saturday to remove the fragment. He is in a stable condition.

The driver of the vehicle, a 26-year-old man, and his 25-year-old female passenger are yet to be charged and have been released from custody.

Detective Superintendent Paul Devaney said the officers’ actions would be subject to an internal review.

The four officers – two of whom were in plain clothes – were driving an unmarked police vehicle.

“They were engaged in a proactive operation for street-level crime and violent crime, that’s a known hotspot for crime and it was a car parked in an isolated position in the car park … it raised their suspicion,” Det Supt Devaney told reporters.

“In situations like this, it’s what we perceive as a last resort, the use of our firearm … no officer goes to work hoping to discharge their firearm.

“I don’t know what was playing on the mind of the officer at the time … that is the subject of the investigation.”

SMH: Officer hit by fragment of police bullet during patrol of inner west crime ‘hotspot

A police officer was struck by a fragment from another officer’s gun during a patrol of a known crime hotspot in Sydney’s inner west on Friday night.

Two officers in uniform and two in plain clothes were monitoring for street level crime and anti-social behaviour around 10.40pm when they saw an isolated car parked at the Gough Whitlam Park in Bayview Avenue, Earlwood.

Inside the silver Honda sedan was a 26-year-old male driver and a 25-year-old female passenger.

The four officers approached the car before it was reversed “harshly” across the car park and collided with a tree, allegedly striking one of the officers. In response a 44-year-old senior constable fired one round of his gun.Advertisement

A fragment of the round struck a 27-year-old male constable in the left forearm. He was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and will undergo exploratory surgery later on Saturday.

NSW Police Commander Paul Devaney on Saturday said firing a service weapon was always a last resort and that the actions of the officer would now be subject to an internal review.

“No officer goes to work hoping to discharge their firearm. And as I said, we all receive regular training in the use of our weapons, and these officers are no different,” he said.

“I don’t know what was playing on the mind of the officer at the time. That is the subject of the investigation.”

The area in the car park was declared a crime scene and has since been examined by the ballistics, police rescue and crime scene units.Advertisement

Commander Devaney said he could not confirm if there were any items in the vehicle, but that anything identified would be subject to further investigation.

He added that he was not aware of a theory suggesting the driver of the car reversed suddenly because he saw people in plain clothes approaching and felt threatened.

“I haven’t heard that. But obviously, if that’s the case, that will form part of the investigation… [which] is in its infancy.”

The occupants of the car were taken to Burwood police station where they were cooperative in assisting police with enquiries. They have been released, pending further investigation.Advertisement

All four officers involved were attached to the Police Transport Command and were conducting proactive patrols as part of an operation in the Inner West area.

Commander Devaney said the reserve in Earlwood was “a known hotspot for crime,” adding that the car was parked in an isolated position, which raised suspicion. Sydney cop accidentally shot by another police officer after incident in Earlwood

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