A YOUNG man has been rushed to hospital in a critical condition after allegedly stabbing himself multiple times during a confrontation with police outside a bottle shop near Newcastle.
Police were first called to arrest the 22-year-old man following a domestic violence-related incident at a shopping centre at Charlestown in Lake Macquarie just after 1pm.
As officers approached the man outside a liquor store, he allegedly pulled out a knife and started stabbing himself.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
Police were forced to Taser the man in an effort to stop him from causing significant harm but it was too late.
Officers performed CPR on the man at the scene in a frantic effort to keep him alive until paramedics arrived.
The man was rushed to John Hunter hospital in a critical condition with life-threatening injuries.
A critical incident team from Newcastle City Police District has been tasked to investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident.
As is standard practice, that investigation will be subject to an independent review and monitored by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission.
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the horrific incident to come forward.
Anyone who can assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.
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 | visit website
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 | visit website
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 | visit website
MensLine Australia 1300 789 978 | visit website
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
DV Connect Queensland Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 phone 1800 811 811
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast