Man shot by cops after allegedly trying to stab and kill two officers with a knife during terrifying altercation in a busy shopping centre car park in Sydney
- Man was shot after he allegedly ran towards two police officers armed with knife
- Man, 40, had surgery and has since been charged with string of serious offences
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A man has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly threatened two police officers with a knife in front of shocked bystanders at a shopping centre in Sydney’s south-west.
It is alleged the officers were forced to open fire and shoot the man in the leg for their own safety during the terrifying confrontation in the car park of Bankstown Central shortly after 7pm on Saturday night.
Police said two officers attached to Police Transport Command were sitting in their parked vehicle in the car park when they were allegedly approached by a man wielding a knife.
A man (pictured) is stretchered into the ambulance by paramedics to be taken to Liverpool Hospital after he was shot in the leg by police at Bankstown Central on Saturday night
Police cordoned off the shopping centre as they investigated the scene (pictured) on Saturday
‘Police will allege the man produced a knife and ran towards them, threatening the officers,’ a NSW Police statement read.
The man, 40, was taken to Liverpool Hospital to undergo surgery, where he remained in a serious but stable condition under police guard on Sunday afternoon.
The man has been charged with a string of serious offences – 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.
A critical incident team is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, where police shot at a man who allegedly charged towards them armed with a knife. Pictured are officers at the scene afterwards
The man (pictured on stretcher) has undergone surgery for a gunshot wound to his leg
The matter will be heard in Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday.
A police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia the two officers involved weren’t injured in the incident.
Swarms of police rushed to the scene on and nearby streets surrounding the shopping centre were cordoned off as police investigated the incident on Saturday night.
A critical incident team is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, which will also be subject to a independent review.
Police were sitting in their vehicle in the shopping centre when they were allegedly confronted by a man wielding a knife. Pictured are officers at the scene