A NSW Police spokeswoman confirmed officers were called to Marrickville Park on Frazer Street at about 3pm “after reports of a man armed with a knife”.
“Police attended and confronted the man, a shot was fired by an officer however no one was injured,” she said. “He was taken into custody and conveyed to Newtown Police Station. A crime scene has been established and an investigation has commenced.”
Police declined to give any more information about the man, who has not yet been charged. They could not confirm witness reports that the man attacked a group of people sitting on a hill overlooking the oval.
In a subsequent statement, NSW Police said the man had been “conveyed to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for assessment” and “inquiries suggest the incident is mental health related”.
“Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” police said.
Fairfax reported a large section of the southeast corner of the park had been cordoned off and there were at least a dozen police vehicles and a number of ambulances parked in the area.
On Facebook, a member of the Marrickville 2020 group wrote, “I was there — a guy ran through the park chased by police and tried to attack a family with a knife. The police shot him. He’s alive. It was pretty scary! The poor people were terrified.”
One user on Twitter wrote, “Just saw someone get shot in Marrickville Park! Like 10 police surrounding him and a bunch of kids watching. They surrounded him and shot him (in the side I think?) and he collapsed! I think they’re sanctioning off areas and questioning now.”
Another said they drove past “to see all hell breaking lose with officers holding someone down while nearby a large group was having a picnic”.
More to come.