Shot Fired As Police Pursued a Stolen Lexus Through Sydney


A man has allegedly shot at two police officers after he was spotted driving a stolen Lexus “erratically” through the backstreets of Sydney’s inner west early on Wednesday morning.

The 27-year-old from Woolloomooloo was arrested outside an apartment block on Wardell Road, Marrickville after he crashed the stolen Lexus and allegedly fired at police before surrendering.

Acting Superintendent Alf Sergi from the Marrickville Local Area Command praised the “extreme bravery” of the two officers involved and said their composure under pressure was the reason the man was arrested peacefully and without injury.

“The actions of the officers showed their maturity, their skills and their calm, poised nature. I really, really want to commend their actions.”

Police spotted the man fleeing from the crashed Lexus, which had hit a concrete barrier on New Canterbury Road in Petersham.

Acting Superintendent Sergi said the officers chased the man, who armed himself with a shotgun, and cornered him outside a unit block on Wardell Road.

The man allegedly pointed the gun at police and fired in the direction of the officers as he turned towards them. The bullet missed police but struck the glass panel of a unit where three people aged in their 20s – two men and a woman – were asleep inside.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with:

  • Robbery armed with dangerous weapon,
  • Discharge firearm with intent to resist arrest,
  • Use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention (x2),
  • Police pursuit not stop drive recklessly,
  • Acquire prohibited firearm subject to firearm prohibition order,
  • Acquire ammunition subject to prohibition order,
  • Drive conveyance taken without consent, and
  • Take and drive conveyance without consent.

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