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Man attempting suicide was shot dead by police

Australia: Man attempting suicide was shot dead by police

AAP

A MAN attempting to harm himself in suburban Sydney has died in hospital after being shot by police.

A LONG-serving police sergeant was equipped with a Taser when she used a gun to shoot a man in suburban Sydney, police say.

The officer, who has 21 years service with NSW Police, shot the 36-year-old man once at a home on Wangee Road in Lakemba about 8.50am (AEDT) this morning.

The man later died in hospital, but Assistant Commissioner Stuart Wilkins could not confirm if his death was the result of the gunshot or self-inflicted injuries suffered during the incident.

Officers had been called to the address after reports that the man was attempting to harm himself.

“The officer, the sergeant, involved was armed with a Taser at the time and is Taser trained,” Mr Wilkins told reporters at the scene

“Upon arrival police found the man attempting self-harm,” police said.

“There was a confrontation between the man and police where the man was subsequently shot by attending officers.”

The man was taken to Canterbury Hospital, where he later died.

A crime scene has been established at the house as police from Marrickville begin an independent investigation of the shooting.

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