• An Aboriginal man was shot by police after alleging ramming their car. (WA Police Media)Source: WA Police Media
The shooting has been condemned as 'excessive force' by Indigenous rights campaigner Mervyn Eades.
By
Rangi Hirini

Source:
NITV News
17 Aug 2018 - 1:06 PM  UPDATED 17 Aug 2018 - 2:38 PM

A man remains in hospital after being shot in the shoulder by Perth police yesterday. 

According to Western Australia police, a police car drove up behind a stolen vehicle in the driveway in Seville Grove, in Perth’s eastern suburbs.

Police say the car reversed into the police vehicle multiple times, causing damage, in an attempt to get past.

“[The officer] withdrew his firearm into the vehicle of interest, the round entered the front windscreen and struck the driver in the shoulder,” Inspector Geoff Desanges said at a press conference.

NITV News understands the wounded man’s two teenage children were home at the time and witnessed their father being shot by police. 

First Nation’s Deaths in Custody Committee Chairperson, Mervyn Eades, told local media police withdrawing their guns should be a “last resort".

“The trauma that’s gonna be impacted on the children is gonna be massive,” he said.

“We don’t condone stealing cars, we don’t condone committing crimes. But we will not condone the police using excessive force upon our people."

Police say the man is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. 

A media statement by WA Police says officers on the scene administered first aid, and ambulance attended the scene transporting the man to Royal Perth Hospital.

An internal investigation is currently being carried out by the WA Police, with the officer who fired the gun remaining on active duty.

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