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Australia Police given shoot-to-kill powers to stop Bourke Street type attacks

22:10  27 october  2019
22:10  27 october  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Police in Victoria will be able to shoot people if they are using vehicles as killing machines, after the Bourke Street rampage almost three years ago. The directive is contained in Victoria Police 's new "hostile vehicle" policy, which allows officers to use "all tactical options" to stop vehicle attacks .

Victorian police are being given powers to shoot and kill drivers under a new policy to stop hostile vehicle attacks – the first of its type in Australia.

Officers must take decisive action to save lives from rogue drivers who use their vehicle as a weapon as part of an order added to the police manual today.

Their options include ramming vehicles, deploying stop sticks, creating car blockades and taking over heavy vehicles such as garbage trucks.

Shooting dead the driver is a last resort.

The move comes ahead of the coronial inquest into the death of six people in January 2017 who were deliberately run down in Melbourne CBD's Bourke Street Mall.

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Victorian police are being given powers to shoot and kill drivers under a new policy to stop hostile vehicle attacks – the first of its type in Australia. © AAP James Gargasoulas murdered six people in the 2017 Bourke Street attack . Victorian police have been handed new powers to stop hostile

Victorian police are being given powers to shoot and kill drivers under a new policy to stop hostile vehicle attacks – the first of its type in The move comes ahead of the coronial inquest into the death of six people in January 2017 who were deliberately run down in Melbourne CBD's Bourke Street Mall.

a man looking at the camera: James Gargasoulas murdered six people in the 2017 Bourke Street attack. Victorian police have been handed new powers to stop hostile drivers.© AAP James Gargasoulas murdered six people in the 2017 Bourke Street attack. Victorian police have been handed new powers to stop hostile drivers.

It will scrutinise police actions and whether officers should have stopped James Gargasoulas before he entered the area and launched the assault.

There have been eight deaths in Melbourne from three hostile attacks and almost 50 people injured.

Victoria Police deputy commissioner Shane Patton told The Age the policy was the result of 18 months of research.

"It provides clarity for members on the street," he said.

"It is saying that they will be supported if they need to take action and states clearly that they must take action."

a graffiti covered wall: Bollards around Melbourne CBD aim to deter hostile vehicle attacks and protect pedestrians.© AAP Bollards around Melbourne CBD aim to deter hostile vehicle attacks and protect pedestrians.

The new rules stipulate the first police on the scene will be authorised to do whatever it takes to stop a hostile vehicle. And the policy specifies officers should move before an attack.

"The policy states in the worst cases, you can shoot them," Mr Patton said.

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