Van driver shot dead by police after allegedly ramming officer in hit and run

A MAN accused of mowing down a police officer with his van has been shot dead by officers at a motel in Adelaide.

Police had been searching for the 24-year-old man for around 24 hours after he allegedly deliberately rammed an officer with his van at Mitchell Park Friday night.

Around 7pm last night, officers tracked the man to a hotel on Mount Barker Road at Glen Osmond, in the city’s east.


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Police said the man was allegedly armed with a gun and had barricaded himself in a room with a woman known to him.

The Special Task and Rescue (STAR) group was then called in to help deal with the developing siege situation.

After trying to negotiate with the man for almost an hour, police said gunshots were heard coming from the room.

Heavily armed officers moved in and shot the man shortly after 8pm after he allegedly pointed his weapon at them.

The 24-year-old man was treated by paramedics at the scene but unfortunately died from his injuries.

Although she was not physically injured during the ordeal, police said the 21-year-old woman who was inside the room with the man was being threatened during the incident.

Major Crime Detectives are investigating the shooting which is now subject to a Commissioner’s Inquiry.

The man has been on the run from police after he allegedly mowed down an officer who tried to intercept his van at Mitchell Park on Friday night.

The officer suffered a concussion and a laceration to his head.

Anyone who may be able to assist detectives with this investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au

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