Sydney gay man shot after rushing paramedics with knife


Sydney gay man shot by a NSW Police officer on Chisholm St
The shooting by a NSW Police officer took place at a Chisholm St, Darlinghurst home. Photo: Google Streetview.

A 32-year-old Sydney gay man from Darlinghurst is recovering in St Vincent Hospital after he was shot. An NSW Police officer shot him when he allegedly threatened ambulance officers with a knife, who were there to do a welfare check.

The incident occurred at a Chisholm Street address yesterday just before 5 p.m.

Acting Assistant NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Holland told a press conference earlier today that emergency services had received two 000 calls about the man who was acting erratically.

At least one was from the man’s same-sex partner, who had become concerned about his behaviour.

Paramedics entered the home to check on the man, only to find him armed with a large kitchen knife.

The Police

The Police, also present, asked to carry out a welfare check at the address earlier in the day.

“As they were inside the premises, a 32-year-old male charged at the ambulance officers with a large carving knife,” Holland told the press conference.

“The ambulance officers had to run from the premises. A police officer minding the front door of the premises fired one shot into the abdomen of the [man].”

“The bullet didn’t strike any organs, thankfully. The patient has been operated on and can now talk to family and friends.”

The man’s partner was not home at the time of the shooting. Holland noted that he had not been in danger.

Holland told the assembled media that he had watched body cam footage of the incident and that he believed the actions of the officer were justified under the circumstances.

“The police reacted quickly and, in my opinion, reacted well in the situation,” Holland said.

A critical incident investigation into the shooting has now been set up by officers from Leichhardt Police Local Area Command, which will also be independently reviewed.

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Andrew M Potts

Andrew has been covering LGBTQIA+ issues for a range of publications in Australia over two decades and was the Asia-Pacific correspondent for global LGBTQIA+ news website Gay Star News.

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