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Western Australian police shoot dead 16-year-old after knife attack
Published on: Sunday, May 05, 2024
By: Bernama
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Western Australian police shoot dead 16-year-old after knife attack
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SYDNEY: Western Australian (WA) Police Force announced on Sunday that a 16-year-old boy who stabbed a man with a kitchen knife in Perth was shot dead by the police on Saturday night, reported Xinhua. 

WA Police Commissioner Col Blanch said at a press conference that police received a call at 10.10 pm local time from a man who said he was going to commit acts of violence. But he didn't provide his name or location.

Some minutes later, police received another call from a person stating that a man with a knife was running in a car park. Police immediately responded to the call, and three officers rushed to the location. When they exited their vehicle, the officers were confronted by the suspect, with a large kitchen knife.

Blanch said the officers ordered the suspect to put the knife down, but he did not comply and rushed at one of the officers. Two officers deployed their tasers but they didn't have the desired effect. The suspect continued to advance on the third officer who fired a single shot.

The suspect was a 16-year-old Caucasian. He was taken to a hospital and was declared dead at 11 pm, the police commissioner added.

"There was a report and we didn't know that until after the shooting, that a man had been stabbed in the back at the car park," Blanch said. "The victim is currently in the hospital. He's in a serious but stable condition."

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