Man shot dead after threatening self-harm and lunging at police with knife

A YOUNG man has been shot dead by police after allegedly threatening self-harm and lunging at officers with a knife in South Australia.

Police were called to reports of the 20-year-old man threatening to harm himself at a home in Seaton, in Adelaide’s west, early on Saturday morning.

Officers rushed to the home but were unable to find the man when they arrived.


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After conducting an extensive search of the area, an officer located the man in a car on Green Avenue.

“As the officer approached to speak with the man, he got out of the front passenger seat allegedly armed with a knife and made threats towards him,” SA Police said in a statement.

“The police officer retreated and negotiated with the man to drop the knife however he refused and advanced towards him.”

That’s when police said the officer drew his gun and shot the man in the chest.

The 20-year-old was treated by police and paramedics at the scene before being rushed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital where he died.

Two women who were allegedly in the car with the man at the time are assisting police with their inquiries.

SA Police’s Internal Investigation Section has been tasked to probe all circumstances surrounding the shooting, while officers involved in the incident are receiving support from Employee Assistance Section.

Investigators remained at the scene on Saturday afternoon.

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services can offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 13 11 14
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Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
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Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
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MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
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Apparently, we DO have the death penalty in Australia. And it’s not actually ever a single case where it’s even been put to consideration by a jury or where a person has had the right to any legal examination at all as their guilt or innocence? So… every police officer in Australia has a higher legal position than a Judge in the High Court? Is that accurate? The highest judge in the Supreme Court cannot sentence someone to death. Even if they’re a serial killer and it’s been proven that they are definitely the person who committed multiple murders, they… Read more »