Police officers have been forced to resign in NSW after a fatal shooting by a colleague.
Key points:A man was shot in the neck and died in hospital after being shot in an operation in south-west NSWPolice are investigating the shooting as a fatal police shootingThe incident happened at the intersection of Sturt Avenue and King Street in Gosford on Friday eveningThe man was walking with a friend and another man when they were approached by three men, who got out of a car and began shouting, police saidThe man told the men he was walking on Sturt and King and that the men began arguing.
Police say one of the men pulled out a gun and shot the man, who died on scene.
The third man then allegedly fired two shots, killing the man in the hospital.
The police officer involved was on duty at the time.
The man who died was identified as Daniel Withers, of Gosford, aged in his 50s.
Police are not releasing the name of the officer who fired the fatal shot.
But the man who was shot and survived, Richard Cairns, said the incident was “completely out of character”.
“We all know how bad the situation is in Gosbourne.
We all know the police are out there,” he said.”
I’m sure we’ll all be back to normal soon.”
There is a very, very, small minority of people that are doing this in Gosfords inner west.
“Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the shooting had “shaken us to the core”.”
This incident is tragic and will undoubtedly affect all of us in the Gosford police force,” he told a media conference.”
It has been a devastating experience for all of our officers and those who work for us and their families, both directly and through the police service.”‘
A bit of a shock’Mr Cairn said he had not spoken to the officer involved about the shooting.”
He’s not in our unit, he’s been transferred to another one,” he added.”
But it’s a bit of an shock.
“We’ve had a number of incidents where people have just been shot by police officers and that has to be considered.”‘
He was walking along’The incident unfolded at around 6:30pm when police received a call about a person walking along Sturt in Gosforth, about 40 kilometres south-east of Gosforth.
A number of officers responded to the scene, with a second call coming from a person who said they had been shot, according to a statement.
“They have been identified as two individuals from Gosforth,” the statement said.
A woman was taken to Gosford Hospital and died on arrival.
Police have launched an internal investigation into the shooting, which has not yet been formally opened.
The Gosford Daily Times reports a man was taken into custody, but has since been released.
No other information has been released about the investigation.
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