SHOT FIRED: NSW Police said a male officer fired a shot and hit the driver's side door frame pillar when approaching a white Ford Falcon stopped during a high speed pursuit which ended in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
SHOT FIRED: NSW Police said a male officer fired a shot and hit the driver's side door frame pillar when approaching a white Ford Falcon stopped during a high speed pursuit which ended in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

Dash cam captures dramatic police shooting in Coffs Harbour

UPDATE: DRAMATIC footage has surfaced showing a police officer firing a round into a car after an alleged high-speed pursuit.

The dash cam vision obtained by Channel Ten showed the officer discharging a round into the driver's side door frame pillar of the white Ford Falcon as it was stopped at traffic lights on the corner of Combine St and the Pacific Highway last Tuesday.

The driver was filmed mounting the footpath where he was stopped and arrested by police.

When The Advocate arrived on scene a bullet hole could be clearly seen from the right-hand side of the car.

No one was injured during the incident.

This followed a police pursuit, which started in Nambucca Heads.

It is alleged the driver reached speeds of more than 190kph in an attempt to flee police.

An internal investigation by Richmond Local Area Command is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The investigation is subject to an independent review.

Asked about the incident NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said frontline officers had her full support. 

"The police force has my full confidence in terms of getting to the bottom of what occurred," Ms Berejiklian told Channel Ten.

 

ORIGINAL: A SHOT was fired by a police officer during a critical incident in Coffs Harbour yesterday.

In a statement, police said the car with two male occupants was seen speeding by Traffic & Highway Patrol officers on the Pacific Highway at Nambucca Heads shortly before 3pm.

Officers attempted to pursue the car but when it reached speeds of more than 190kph it was terminated.

The pursuit was re-engaged when the Ford slowed but terminated once again when the speeds got too dangerous.

The Ford was stopped at the Pacific Highway and Combine St intersection, Coffs Harbour.

Police said a male police officer approached the vehicle and a round was discharged striking the driver's side door frame pillar.

The driver of the Ford then accelerated from the location and hit an embankment a short distance away.

Both men in the Ford, aged 21 and 20, were arrested and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station. No one was injured during the incident.

The 21-year-old driver was charged with police pursuit - not stop (Skye's Law), negligent driving and resist arrest.

He was refused bail and is due to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on Monday, January 28.

The 20-year-old was released pending further inquiries.

A critical incident team from Richmond Local Area Command will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident. That investigation will be subject to independent review.



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