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SA police shoot gunman threatening child

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UPDATED: A man who was shot by police in Adelaide’s CBD after allegedly pointing a gun at his three-year-old daughter has been charged over the incident.

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The 26-year-old is likely to face a bedside court hearing at the Royal Adelaide Hospital on Tuesday after he allegedly threatened and abducted a young woman and their children, aged three and seven months.

He has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, unlawful threats, acts to endanger life, using a firearm to commit an offence and dangerous driving to escape a police pursuit.

The shooting ended a terrifying ordeal for a young mother and her two daughters – aged three and seven months – that began nearly three hours earlier when her partner allegedly assaulted her at the Cumberland Park home.

SA Police said the man had undergone surgery and remains in hospital where he is expected to have a bedside court hearing later today.

Police allege he earlier threatened another man who tried to help his 23-year-old partner during a “domestic dispute”.

He then forced his family into a car. Police were called just before 9pm, but they did not have a description of the vehicle.

Police managed to finally identify the car an hour later and PolAir tracked its high-speed run through Adelaide, including down Rundle Mall.

Police stopped the car in Hindley St at 11.30pm when it was slowed down by road spikes and moved to arrest the man.

“When they were doing that it will be alleged that he threatened the three-year-old girl with a firearm and that’s when a decision was made for a police officer to fire at the offender,” Assistant Commissioner Paul Dickson told reporters.

Television footage shows police pulling the distressed woman from the car, then grabbing the baby and the girl and rushing them to safety.

Armed officers swarmed the car, with one scrambling over the hood, to secure the gunman.

“They come all together from everywhere, they surrounded every door, every window,” Ammar Hady told Nine News.

“They are trying to open it, he wouldn’t open the car, like any doors or anything, they smashed with the smashing hammers and opened the door then they got the kid, I heard one shot.”

The children were physically uninjured but Dickson said “obviously there will be a whole lot of distress”.

The woman is being treated in another hospital with injuries from the earlier assault.

“It’s a terrible incident. You could imagine how horrific it would be for the young mother and the two children,” Dickson said.

AAP

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