NSW Police Headquarters Shooter Identified, Linked To Terrorism

Forensics at the NSW Police headquarters
Forensics at the NSW Police headquarters

The teenager who fatally shot a New South Wales Police Force employee, Curtis Cheng, has been identified as Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad.

A senior police source said the 15-year-old was armed with a revolver and did not know the victim, Curtis Cheng.

Farhad killed Mr Curtis as he was leaving police headquarters at Parramatta in Sydney’s west around 4:30 PM yesterday.

The offender then fired several more shots at officers as they emerged from the building to respond to the incident.

He was killed when the officers, who are special constables, returned fire.

“There is little doubt their actions saved the lives of our members as well as the public” – Pat Gooley, Police Association of New South Wales.

Curtis Cheng

Mr Cheng worked in the finance department, he was a 17-year veteran of the police force described as a ‘gentle man’.

New South Wales Police have sent condolences to the family of their 58-year-old colleague who was “deliberately” killed as he was leaving work at the end of the day.

 

Curtis Cheng pictured with his family. Photo: NSW Police
Curtis Cheng pictured with his family. Photo: NSW Police

“Our condolences have been passed to Curtis’s family on behalf of all the NSW Police Force members,” a police statement said.

“Officers from NSW Police Force have met and comforted members of the family during this tragic time.

“Curtis was admired and respected by his colleagues. He was a gentle man in every sense.

Link To Terrorism

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says that the fatal shooting was a politically motivated attack linked to terrorism.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione and Premier Mike Baird on Saturday. Photo: AAP
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione and Premier Mike Baird on Saturday. Photo: AAP

Mr Scipione said early indications are the boy, who lived in the Parramatta region  was acting alone when he shot dead finance worker Curtis Cheng outside police headquarters in Parramatta at 4:30 PM on Friday.

Police had no warning of the attack and that the 15-year-old, of Iraqi-Kurdish background and born in Iran, had not been on the police’s radar and had no criminal history, Mr Scipione said.

He said police were a “long way from establishing a full picture” of the boy but said information was he had visited a local mosque prior to carrying out the attack.

Read more at SMH.

Prime Minister Responds

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull praised the actions of police who brought the situation under control quickly and express condolences to the family of Mr Cheng.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has expressed his heartfelt condolences in his address.

Mr Turnbull condemned the “cold-blooded murder, targeting the NSW Police Service”.

“It was doubly shocking because it was perpetrated by a 15-year-old boy and it underlines the importance of families, communities, leaders being very aware of whether young people are becoming radicalised,” Mr Turnbull said.

He urged the community to remember the Australian Muslim community would be especially appalled by the crime.

“We must not vilify or blame the entire Muslim community with the actions of what is, in truth, a very, very small percentage of violent extremist individuals,” Mr Turnbull said.

Read more at ABC.

Your Support Is Needed

In support of the Police Family the Association, with the support of NSW Police Legacy have set up a fund for the family of the deceased Police Force Employee Curtis Cheng. The details are:

NSW Police Legacy Appeal.

BSB: 815 000

Account: 276953S1

(omit S1 if not transferring from a Police Bank account)

Police Association Raises Safety Issues

This incident highlights the need for critical issues to be resolved and the Police Association will be meeting with the Commissioner and his senior Executive team early next week. Members will be provided with updated information via circular and website posts.

The Police Association will continue to pursue the range of critical officer safety issues they have been advocating including:

  • Roll out Active Shooter Training with priority to the areas of greatest need
  • Rationalisation of Single Unit Policing Practices
  • Police Station Safety Upgrades
  • Expedite the Tender and Fund the Roll Out of Ballistic/Stab Resistant Vests
  • Guns in Courts
  • Ensure NSW Police have reliable secure and modern communications including unrestricted access to the 700MHz spectrum

Read Circular 43 Parramatta Shooting

Supporting Our Police

True Blue Line extends our most sincere condolences to Mr Cheng’s family. We hope that all necessary support will be provided to the family and that they will be taken care of in terms of financial support and psychological well-being.

We also deeply care for the colleagues of Mr Cheng and share their pain as they struggle with this tragedy and emotional trauma.

We fully support the efforts of NSW Police Association’s to improve the safety of the officers and we demand that similar measures be implemented in all states and territories. The citizens cannot feel safe if the police officers are not safe.

Please share this story, talk about the issues involved and write to your state and federal MPs to demand changes.

Mac Plewa

True Blue Line Editor-in-Chief


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