NSW police respond to violent incident at pub in Maroubra

Laura Christensen
January 27, 2018

A senior policeman is in critical condition after being stabbed twice in the upper body while making an arrest at a pub in southeast Sydney.

The wounded detective sergeant and his partner, from a specialist command, were at the Maroubra Junction Hotel about 3pm to arrest Newman, 33, from Sydney's west.

The man who stabbed him, Nick Newman, was shot by two other police and died at the scene.

The alleged offender, Mr Newman, had failed to attend Penrith Court on Wednesday to face multiple charges, which reportedly included several counts of sexual assault.

The senior detective was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital in a critical condition, and will undergo emergency surgery as doctors battle to save his life.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton said the two other officers who were involved in the incident were "traumatised".

ABC News have spoken to a witness claiming to have also heard gunshots.

The incident took place nearby the Maroubra Junction Hotel, with patrons and staff directed by police to evacuate the area.

"So I went outside to see what was happening and it was really chaotic - a whole bunch of police cars, lots of ambulances, just so many police rushing inside the pub".

A man was taken away from the hotel in handcuffs
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Noel Whelan is staying at the pub, and was nearby at the time of the incident.

'I heard what could have been a muffled gunshot but didn't think anything of it until I went down stairs and there were police everywhere'.

Witnesses Mackenzie Gibbs and John Mackawski were walking to the Maroubra Junction Hotel, dressed in Australia Day costumes as an Aussie bogan and Crocodile Dundee, when they saw a man covered in blood inside.

"We don't know what's happened, who's got shot".

"You can't share some of the things that we see with people", he said.

Police Association New South Wales President Scott Weber says he feels for the officer and his family and his thoughts and prayers are with the officer and his family. Newman was immediately shot dead.

A critical incident team from the homicide squad will investigate the shooting.

The investigation will be subject to independent review.

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