Critical incident declared after police shooting at Penrith

A critical incident has been declared following a police shooting at Penrith overnight.

About 9.15pm (Wednesday 2 October 2019), a number of shots were fired into the front of St Marys Police Station.

Shortly after, about 9.35pm, a vehicle stopped outside Penrith Police Station where a man, who was armed with a pump-action 12 gauge shotgun, approached a police vehicle and fired a number of shots at police officers.

A male constable received pellet wounds to the back of the head. He was taken to Westmead Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Police returned fire and the man suffered a fatal injury. He died at the scene.

Several other officers sustained minor non gunshot-related injuries.

Early investigations suggest the two shootings may be linked to an earlier incident where a number of shots were fired into a home on Quakers Road, Marayong, about 8.45pm.

A Critical Incident Investigation Team from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The investigation will be subject to independent review.

Members of the community are also advised that Penrith Police Station and St Marys Police Station will be closed until further notice. Anyone requiring police assistance should contact an alternate police station – or for emergencies please call Triple Zero.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence.

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