Police have revealed that weapons including crossbows, a knife, a sword and hatchet were recovered at the scene where a man was fatally shot by police. The suspect was also wearing body armour, but sadly died.
Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist, who has overall responsibility for firearms, said:
“The first unarmed officers knew they were arriving on scene to reports of man armed with weapons and threatening to harm people inside an address.
“The officers knew there were people inside and had genuine fears for their safety.
“Armed officers were called and attempted to get the man to surrender. They entered the property and shots were fired.
“The officers, assisted by paramedics, provided emergency first aid to the man, who was wearing body armour, but he sadly died.
“Weapons recovered from the scene include crossbows, a knife, a sword and a hatchet.
“This is an extremely difficult day for everyone involved.
“I would like to pay tribute to the bravery of all our officers who responded and thank all the emergency service staff involved.
“I firmly believe their actions prevented further loss of life.”