Blackmans Bay Incident – police firearm discharged

An investigation is underway into an incident in Blackmans Bay overnight which resulted in a police officer discharging his firearm.

At 1am, police responded to a stolen motor vehicle driving erratically in the Kingston area.

A short time later, the vehicle was located in a dead end at Crystal Downs Drive. When one of the police officers exited their vehicle, the driver of the stolen vehicle drove directly at him and the officer discharged his firearm at the vehicle.

The officer was struck by the vehicle and has been taken to hospital with minor leg injuries.

The 17 year old driver left the scene and abandoned the vehicle in Wattle Avenue in Kingston. He was located by police in a nearby yard, and was taken to hospital with an injury to his head. The cause of the injury is not yet known. There were no passengers in the vehicle.

The Professional Standards Command is investigating the incident as is standard procedure when a firearm is discharged.

The officers involved are receiving assistance from the Critical Incident Stress Management team.

No further details are available at this time; however, police are appealing for witnesses to the erratic driving behaviour or the incident in Crystal Downs Drive to come forward. Anyone who can assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Commander Tony Cerritelli
Southern District