One man has paid the ultimate price for attempting to rob and old watering hole of mine actually, The High Flyer Hotel. Little did he know the cops were tagging the gang as part of a wider operation and a shootout took place on exiting the pub…more to come
Police and ambulance crews attend the scene of last night’s fatal shooting in Sydney’s west.
- Men storm hotel, demand cash from staff
- Police shoot man, who charged at them
- Officers faced with “life-threatening situation”
POLICE shot dead a man and injured a second as they fled a Sydney hotel last night after an alleged hold-up.
Wearing balaclavas and armed with a 50cm long machete, the two alleged robbers stormed the High Flyer Hotel in Bankstown about 8.30pm and demanded cash from staff.
But five officers from the robbery and serious crime squad who were apparently investigating the group were waiting for them outside.
The police were not carrying non-lethal weapons such as capsicum spray or Tasers
A machete-wielding man allegedly ran at one of the officers who shot him in the chest. He died at the scene.
A second man was taken to Liverpool Hospital in a serious but stable condition with gunshot wounds to his upper body.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Geoff Beresford said earlier investigations by police led them to the Birch St hotel and that police fired five times to defend themselves in the “life-threatening situation”.
Police are hunting a third man who sped off in a black Toyota Yaris immediately after the confrontation.
A witness who was inside the hotel at the time told Fairfax Media, “All of a sudden there was yelling and screaming going on, and all the women that were sitting at the table … [were] all upset and said, ‘The place is being robbed, the place is being robbed'”.