May 24, 2016 7:07pm
AN investigation has opened into the death of a 48-year-old man who was shot by police on Tasmania’s North-West Coast.
In a statement issued early this morning, Tasmania Police said seven officers were called to a property in Cooee, near Burnie, about 7.30pm yesterday to respond to reports of an armed man.
The man ignored repeated warnings to put down his gun and confronted one officer, “who discharged his firearm”.
The man, who received abdomen and leg wounds, died at 3.50am today after undergoing surgery in the North West Regional Hospital.
An official investigation has opened into the fatality, with police also expressing their condolences to his family.
“The investigation is being undertaken by Professional Standards and assisted by Western District CIB and Uniform resources,” the police statement said.
“Forensic and ballistics personnel are also attending the scene.
“The investigation will now include preparation of a report for the Coroner.
“It is also a difficult time for the police officers involved and we are ensuring they are being provided with staff support services.”
Source : The Mercury