A man fled into an eight-story public housing building where a scuffle took place. The police officer’s wrist was broken and the 29-year old man was shot in the lower leg or foot. Although not yet confirmed, he is believed to be Aboriginal.
Police stopped a couple of men in a Redfern street in order to question them about a spate of property crime in the area. One of the men fled, leading to a police pursuit.
The incident took place at the McKell Building at number 55 Walker Street between the cross roads with Redfern Street and Kettle Street.
A NSW Police media release read as follows:
Critical incident - Redfern
Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:20:20 AM
Police have launched a critical-incident investigation following a shooting incident in Redfern today.
About 9.30am (Thursday 13 September 2012), a police officer attached to Redfern Local Area Command pursued a man on foot into an apartment block in Walker Street, Redfern.
Shortly after, the man received a bullet wound to the leg. The police officer was also injured.
No further details are available at this time.
Although not related to this case, a discarded syringe was seen on the ground. Possible evidence of drug abuse in the housing commission (council house/project) dominated area.
More images of the crime scene can be seen here.
Redfern is an inner city suburb of Sydney. It has the largest Aboriginal population in the city and in the past relations between the police and members of the Aboriginal community have been difficult.
Earlier in the year there were protests after the police shot two Aboriginal teenagers from Redfern who were travelling in a stolen car that mounted the pavement in Kings Cross.