WA Police Launch Investigation After Man Shot By Officer
WA Police are investigating one of their own over an incident on Thursday where a man was shot by an officer.
It unfolded when officers had been searching the area for a stolen Subaru Impreza hatchback, when it was sighted in a driveway at a Seville Grove property around 11am, police said in a statement.
Two men were allegedly sitting in the car, a 32-year-old driver and his passenger, believed to be in his 20s.
Officers parked their patrol vehicle immediately behind them, effectively boxing it in.
“At that time the vehicle started ramming the police vehicle in reverse,” Inspector Geoff Desanges said in a press conference.
"It struck the police vehicle a number of times and caused significant damage.
"That vehicle eventually maneuvered past the police vehicle onto the verge at the front of the premises.
"As this incident was unfolding, and I can't specify in which order this occurred, but at one point the passenger of the vehicle exited the car and a police [officer] went after that person and attempted to apprehend them."
The man was nabbed after running into a nearby laneway.
"The other police officer, for reasons that'll be subject to an investigation that's underway as I speak, withdrew his police firearm and discharged the round into the vehicle of interest," Inspector Desanges said.
"The round entered the vehicle through the front windscreen and struck the driver in the shoulder.
"The police officer involved in that firearm incident immediately removed the person from the driver's seat and commenced first aid. St John Ambulance was called and that person was taken to hospital."
It was reported that the man’s two teenage children - aged 17 and 14 – saw the incident, which was also just metres from Cecil Andrews College.
The man remains in hospital.
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