A gunman was shot dead outside a police station in western Sydney after he opened fire on several police officers on Wednesday night.
Police confirmed that at 9:15 pm, several shots were fired in front of the St Marys police station.
Shortly after, around 9:35 pm, a vehicle pulled up outside Penrith Police Station, where a man armed with a 12-gauge shotgun approached a police vehicle and fired several shots at police officers.
A male police officer was injured in the back of the head. He was taken to Westmead Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Police returned the fire and the man suffered a fatal injury. He died at the scene.
Several other police officers suffered minor non-shooting injuries.
Initial investigations suggest that the two shootings may be related to a previous incident, in which several shots were fired at a house on Quakers Road, Marayong, around 8:45 pm.
A critical incident investigation team from the State Crime Command Homicide Squad will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
As the incident unfolded, a man could be seen pointing a rifle at the police and opening fire, injuring a police officer, before being shot dead, according to the report. The Daily Telegraph
"They started shouting" Drop the gun, drop the gun, "said one witness Network Ten.
Images posted online and broadcast in part by Seven Network showed a man in a black T-shirt with a gun being shot several times.
Witnesses at a nearby, closed hotel told Seven Network that they saw a volley of gunfire involving about 25 shots.
Witnesses said they saw police drag a dead man to the police station and a second person fled, causing a hunt.
A local resident who just wanted to be identified as Roy said Nine he was lying in bed when he heard the gunshots.
“I heard three loud bangs. It looked like rockets, "he said.
"You don't think that would happen to a police station next door. There's a bit of a joke around the area these days."
A police spokesman said riot police were deployed in the area.