Man shot dead by police
The Age (AAP)
December 12, 2008
A man in his 20s [sic] has been shot dead by police in a park in Melbourne’s inner north.
Few details are available at this stage, but the shooting happened in parkland near the Northcote Plaza shopping centre in Separation Street, Northcote, about 9.30pm, a police spokeswoman said.
“It appears we have shot someone. I have no further details but I have been advised he’s now deceased,” the spokeswoman said.
It’s understood the shooting happened soon after a young man walked into a K-mart store in the shopping centre and demanded knives.
Witnesses said the man, believed to be aged in his 20s, was either given or took some knives and then left the store, slashing boxes on his way and behaving in a a very agitated manner.
Police remained at the scene of the shooting in the All Nations Park at Northcote late last night.
The Northcote police station is located near where the shooting occured.
The Police Ethical Standards Department have arrived and will investigate the shooting as a matter of protocol.