Two Aboriginal men shot by police in one week

Dennis Doolan was shot by police in Cowra on September 28.

On September 28 police in the central New South Wales town of Cowra shot Dennis “DJ” Doolan in the lower back or buttocks after a “confrontation” on a suburban street. Doolan remains in an induced coma at Orange Base Hospital.

Then, on October 3, an Indigenous man was shot by West Australian police in Broome. Police media alleged the 66-year-old man from the remote Indigenous community of Balgo had “threatened police officers with a knife” before he was shot.

The man was reportedly shot in the stomach. He was taken to Broome hospital and his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Both shootings will be subject to internal police investigations.

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