‘I’m going to kill you’: Man shot dead by police in Sydney ‘may have suffered psychosis’

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‘I’m going to kill you’: Man shot dead by police in Sydney ‘may have suffered psychosis’

Updated

May 20, 2019 17:51:33

A man fatally shot by police at Sydney’s busy Central Station was running towards an officer shouting “I’m going to kill you”, an inquest has heard.

Key points:

  • Danukul Mokmool was shot in the head while in a florist shop at Central Station
  • He had been threatening the florist with a broken bottle and scissors when he ran at police, the inquest hears
  • The inquest will examine whether officers were adequately trained to deal with people with mental illness

Danukul Mokmool, 30, was shot in the head in a florist shop on Eddy Avenue at Central Station on July 26, 2017.

An inquest into his death heard he was on methadone, had spent time in jail and may have been having a psychotic episode.

On the day of his death, Mr Mokmool had phoned triple-zero several times from his home at Heckenberg in Sydney’s south-west, saying his family wanted to “kill him” and “chop him up”, the court heard.

When an operator phoned him back, he laughed and said he was on his way in to the city.

About 7:00pm, police received several triple-zero calls about an incident at Central Station.

Counsel assisting the inquest, Adrian Williams, told Lidcombe Coroner’s Court four officers — two in uniform and two in plain clothes — arrived at the scene to find Mr Mokmool threatening a florist with a broken bottle and scissors.

‘Shoot me in the head’

After the officers formed a semi-circle around him, Mr Mokmool repeatedly ignored their requests to put the scissors down and shouted out: “Shoot me in the head. Shoot me. Just f***king kill me”, Mr Williams told the court.

The court heard that after capsicum spray failed to subdue Mr Mokmool, he ran towards Senior Constable Frederick Tse, yelling, “I’m going to kill you”.

Mr Williams said the officer shot Mr Mokmool three times and a colleague Senior Constable Jakob Harrison shot him once.

He died at the scene.

“The time frame was very short,” Mr Williams said.

The inquest will look at whether the officers were adequately trained to engage with someone who had a mental illness and if police have acted on training recommendations made by coroners investigating other police shootings.

It will also look at whether or not Mr Mokmool’s mental illness had been properly diagnosed and treated.

Mr Mokmool came to Australia from Thailand in 1993 and lived with his family, who were in the public gallery.

Topics:

law-crime-and-justice,

police,

mental-health,

courts-and-trials,

lidcombe-2141,

sydney-2000

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May 20, 2019 17:19:45

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