Man shot in Sydney 'after stabbing police officer'

WORLD Man shot in Sydney'after stabbing police officer 26 Jan 2018 6:25pm Quick Read The scene on Anzac Parade

A POLICE officer has been rushed to hospital in a serious condition after reportedly being stabbed in the chest at a pub in Sydney.

Emergency services were called to the Maroubra Junction Hotel, in Sydney, at about 3.10pm on Friday.

NSW Police stepped up their presence at the scene of the incident with dozens more police officers and several ambulances arriving before senior police declared the shooting a Critical Incident.

The ABC understands the incident was not linked to Australia Day celebrations or protests and witnesses have been encouraged to contact police.

The sergeant was brought to St Vincent's Hospital where he underwent surgery.

He said the senior officer was "very well regarded by his peers" and that the two other officers who were involved in the incident were "traumatised". There was blood everywhere, ' Mackenzie Gibbs said.

The attacker was shot dead by officers on the scene with witnesses saying they heard four or five shots.

Acting NSW Police Commissioner Dave Hudson and Police Minister Troy Grant visited the hospital on Saturday and were briefed on his condition.

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Pedro Casemiro was walking to the gym across the road from the hotel when he heard police cars rush past with their sirens.

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

"They were pushing us out the door, telling us to get out, it was a crime scene".

Southern lanes of Maroubra Rd were cordoned off by police tape at the intersection of Anzac Pde as police and multiple ambulances responded to the incident.

Another witness Lara Alexander, who works nearby, said: "I was vacuuming inside where I work and then when I was out the back I heard about four or five gunshots pretty close by".

A critical incident team from the Homicide Squad are investigating the incident, including the firearm that was discharged.

He said he walked onto Maroubra Rd in time to see scores of police officers running into the pub.

The investigation will be subject to independent review.

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