A MAN has been airlifted to hospital in a serious but stable condition after being shot in the back by police during a confrontation in Central West NSW.
Police say they were called to Jindalee Circuit in Cowra at around 12.10pm. When they arrived, they were allegedly confronted by a 32-year-old man reportedly armed with a baseball bat.
Witnesses told local media that police had ordered the man to drop the weapon, but he allegedly refused and tried to run away.
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According to the Cowra Guardian, officers chased the man through a number of backyards and neighbouring streets before shooting him in the back.
Police said the man suffered a single gunshot wound to his “lower back”.
He was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to Cowra Hospital from where was airlifted to Orange Base Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
The shooting follows an earlier incident on Wednesday morning where a woman was allegedly stabbed in a nearby street.
It remains unknown if the two incidents are linked.
A Critical Incident Team has been deployed to the scene to investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident, including the discharge of a police firearm.
That investigation will be subject to independent review.
Police are calling for witnesses to come forward.
No further details are available at this time.