A gunman has been shot dead outside a police station in Sydney, sparking a major critical incident investigation.
The chaos first unfolded around 9.15pm last night, when a number of shots were fired into the front of St Marys Police Station.
Police say about 20 minutes later, a man armed with a pump-action 12 gauge shotgun, then approached a police car outside Penrith Police Station and fired a number of shots at officers.
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A male constable received pellet wounds to the back of the head and was taken to Westmead Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, while several other officers also suffered minor non gunshot-related injuries.
Police returned fire at the alleged gunman and the man suffered a fatal injury, dying at the scene.
“Early investigations suggest the two shootings may be linked to an earlier incident where a number of shots were fired into a home on Quakers Road, Marayong, about 8.45pm,” NSW Police said in a statement.
A Critical Incident Investigation Team from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad will now investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The investigation will be subject to independent review.