Man airlifted to hospital after being shot by police in Cowra

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.


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.