Middle Eastern Terrorist Opens Fire on Police, One Dead in Sydney, Australia
After Friday prayers, a “man of Middle Eastern appearance,” black flowing shirt and black trousers targeted police in a deadly attack in West Sydney. There had been increased jihad “chatter” detected in the past week relating to a possible attack on the Parramatta headquarters. Australia has thwarted a number of Islamic attacks targeting police.
A civilian police employee has been “callously murdered” and his killer shot dead as officers returned fire outside police headquarters at Parramatta in Sydney’s West.
The shooter executed a police worker outside the State Crime Command, home to the state’s top detectives, in Parramatta at 4.30pm on Friday.
The Weekend Australian understands the man approached the victim, an IT worker, from behind, shooting him fatally in the back of the head with a single shot. He made no attempt to flee but walked back and forth at the scene, possibly looking for another target, before being engaged by three special constables, who shot the attacker dead.
“He didn’t leave the area, he remained in the street and was acting quite aggressively,” NSW police chief Andrew Scipione said last night.
Closed circuit TV footage exists of the incident and images from the scene show uniformed police officers performing CPR on the victim. Children were trapped inside the child care centre for hours last night as the police set up a critical incident response.
He said it appeared as if the police employee had been deliberately targeted and praised the “incredibly courageous” special constables who shot the attacker dead.
“They certainly put their lives on the line,” he said.
A police source said there had been increased “chatter” detected in the past week relating to a possible attack on the Parramatta headquarters.
The officer, who works at the State Crime Command headquarters, said that every officer had been ordered to wear their guns on them at all times this week, even while at their desks.
In an emotional media conference, Commissioner Scipione praised the senior constables for the way they handled the situation.
“Those special constables certainly put their lives on the line this afternoon,” Commissioner Scipione said.
“They acted in a way that was incredibly courageous. And I’m just so pleased that they’re all well … they were incredibly professional.”
Commissioner Scipione described the incident as a callous attack.
“I’ve viewed a number of pieces of footage. I can tell you this was a brutal crime,” he said.
“An employee of the New South Wales police force has been callously murdered here today. He was simply leaving work.
“We acknowledge that this is a terrible episode and it will have an impact on our officers.”
Commissioner Scipione stressed that there was no ongoing threat to the surrounding community.
The ABC understands the incident was not terror related.
“The identity of the gunman is not yet known, and until we can identify him, we’re not in any position to take this any further in terms of motive or any other particular, around this particular attack,” Commissioner Scipione said.
“At this stage, as I’ve said, we’re not going to speculate, we’re going to keep a very open mind.”
Shortly after the incident, a crime scene was established, with surrounding streets blocked off and a police helicopter seen hovering above.