Police officer shot in head during drug raid

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Armed police officers at the scene in Bankstown

A POLICE officer was shot in the head during a raid in Sydney‘s south west, leading to a tense siege situation last night.

The officer was taking part in a police operation on Cairds Ave, Bankstown when shots were fired just after 9pm.

Stray bullets hit the officer in the head and neck.

Paramedics at the scene said the officer suffered a traumatic cardiac arrest and was rushed to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition.

A police spokeswoman confirmed the officer was seriously injured.

“There’s been an ongoing operation in Cairds Ave, Bankstown, after a number of shots were fired,” the spokeswoman said.

“One person has been injured and a perimeter has been established, police negotiators are currently at the scene.”

Heavily armed police shut down the surrounding streets, telling residents nearby to stay indoors.

A resident toldĀ The Daily Telegraph a police officer told her that someone is armed and that someone had been shot and residents should stay inside.

The riot quad armed with machine guns went up the street to the apartment block just after 10pm, surrounding an apartment block where a person was believed to be holed up.

Senior detectives arrived a short time later, including homicide squad boss Superintendent Mick Sheehy and Deputy Commissioner Dave Owens.

About 11.30pm, police led two Asian women out of the complex.

One of the women, who was wearing a robe and slippers, was taken out in handcuffs and a short time later a man in a white tracksuit was brought out by officers and put into a paddy wagon.

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