A patient allegedly shot a police officer in a Sydney hospital. He is believed to be an ice addict and had been on ice when the incident took place.
Ice is a stimulant drug which speeds up the messages travelling from brain to body. It is a kind of methamphetamine. It is more stronger and addictive than its powder counterpart, known as speed.
Mail Online stated that the man was undergoing treatment for his ice addiction in Nepean Hospital near Penrith. He held a pair of scissors against a female doctor’s throat on Tuesday night.
The police officer shot with his own gun, during the struggle, is identified as Senior Constable Luke Warburton, from NSW Police Dog Squad. He was shot after the man got hold of his gun. The shooting occurred at 10:40 pm.
Catherine Burn, NSW Police Deputy Commissioner, said that Mr. Warburton had rushed to the hospital on Derby Street immediately after the incident. “All that we know at the moment is that there were reports of an incident and police responded with security,” she added.
Deputy Commissioner Burn confirmed that Mr. Warburton’s condition is critical but stable.
There was also a security guard wounded during the scuffle with the same gun. The 48-year-old guard was one of the four guards who was on duty in the complex.
Police said that both men were wounded by the same bullet when it passed through Mr. Warburton’s thigh’s and hit the security guard’s leg.
The man had been charged with shooting with intent to murder, discharging a fire arm with intent to resist arrest and detaining another man for advantage, reported The Daily Telegraph. The report said that the 39-year-old ice addict was considered as the most wanted man of Australia. He had been compared to Ned Kelly for his survival strategies in the rough bushes and his raids in remote properties for supplies and weapons.
Police stated that the incident is investigated under critical incident investigation to confirm what exactly happen during the scuffle.
The incident raised questions about the security of other patients in the hospital.