Man charged with attempted murder after allegedly firing shots in hospital

A MAN has been charged with two counts of attempted murder after he allegedly fired a police officers gun while under guard at Canberra Hospital.

ACT Police said the 26-year-old man was in the emergency department of the hospital after being arrested for serious traffic offences, when he began assaulting officers around 4pm on Wednesday.

“During the altercation the offender fired an officer’s weapon,” police said in a statement.


“The man was disarmed and restrained by police and no members of the public or hospital staff were physically injured.”

The man has since been charged with a string of offences including two counts of attempted murder, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, discharge firearm endangering life, attempt to escape from custody or arrest, attempted robbery, drive motor vehicle without consent, two counts of culpable drive causing grievous bodily harm and unlicensed driver.

He’s due to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court today.

Police say the incident at the hospital has been declared a critical incident and “AFP Professional Standards will continue to oversee the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

“The preliminary assessment indicates there are no misconduct issues arising from the officers’ actions during this incident.”