Man shot in Yanchep during police incident

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WA Police have set up a van near the exit to Yanchep Lagoon Primary School after a man was shot during a police incident. Picture: Anita McInnes

POLICE have cordoned off part of Lady Lindsay Cove after a man was shot during a police incident in Yanchep early this morning, Thursday, September 17.

The cordoned-off area on Lady Lindsay Cove is from Benbulben Rise to where Primary Rd starts.

Police have set up a van near the exit to Yanchep Lagoon Primary School.

A 37-year-old man was taken to Royal Perth Hospital where he underwent surgery.

A WA Police spokesman said his condition had been described as stable.

The police spokesman said just after midnight two police officers were patrolling in Yanchep when they saw a man acting in a strange manner.

When the officers approached they allege the man threatened them with a knife before running into nearby bushland.

They also allege the man then reappeared from the bushes and confronted the officers with a knife and a pole.

Both officers discharged their firearms.

He said the man was given first aid by police until St John Ambulance paramedics arrived.

The major crime division and the internal affairs unit are investigating the incident.

In a statement later in the day Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said when the man was found in nearby bushland by the police officers he had been called “upon to drop quite a long knife and regrettably the man did not drop his knife”.

“There (were) some movements and some threats and police discharged what we believe presently three gun shots from their issue weapons,’’ he said.

Mr Dawson said the man was wounded three times.

He was taken to Royal Perth Hospital where he had undergone surgery.

“We wish him well in his recovery – the last brief I had was that he’s in a serious but stable condition.’’

Mr Dawson said the officers were not injured but faced a dangerous situation and had to make some dynamic and courageous decisions in a challenging and difficult circumstance.