A fragment of the round struck a 27-year-old male constable in the left forearm. He was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and will undergo exploratory surgery later on Saturday.
NSW Police Commander Paul Devaney on Saturday said firing a service weapon was always a last resort and that the actions of the officer would now be subject to an internal review.
No officer goes to work hoping to discharge their firearm. And as I said, we all receive regular training in the use of our weapons, and these officers are no different, he said.
I dont know what was playing on the mind of the officer at the time. That is the subject of the investigation.
The area in the car park was declared a crime scene and has since been examined by the ballistics, police rescue and crime scene units.
Commander Devaney said he could not confirm if there were any items in the vehicle, but that anything identified would be subject to further investigation.
He added that he was not aware of a theory suggesting the driver of the car reversed suddenly because he saw people in plain clothes approaching and felt threatened.
I havent heard that. But obviously, if thats the case, that will form part of the investigation… [which] is in its infancy.
The occupants of the car were taken to Burwood police station where they were cooperative in assisting police with enquiries. They have been released, pending further investigation.
All four officers involved were attached to the Police Transport Command and were conducting proactive patrols as part of an operation in the Inner West area.
Commander Devaney said the reserve in Earlwood was a known hotspot for crime, adding that the car was parked in an isolated position, which raised suspicion.