Alleged gunman had scissors at doctor's throat before firing

THE man now in custody for a double shooting in a Sydney hospital was allegedly holding a pair of scissors at the throat of a female doctor before opening fire, according to those at the scene.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports the bullet struck a police officer in the upper thigh and the security guard hit in the leg just before 10.30pm local time on Tuesday as shocked patients and staff of Nepean Hospital watched on.

NewsCorp has identified the officer as Senior Constable Luke Warburton, a member of the NSW Police Dog Squad.
 

Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said the gun belonged to the police officer who arrived after a 000 call was made about the unfolding ordeal.

"My thoughts are with the officer and the officer's family and all the hospital staff who have been involved in this incident," she said.
 

A witness said the alleged gunman stole his weapon from an attending officer.

"He has taken (the gun) out of the copper's holster during the scuffle on the ground," an unnamed witness told the Daily Telegraph.

"A guy was screaming and shouting and holding a [knife] to a woman's throat, we couldn't make out what he was saying," the man said.

A 39-year-old man was arrested and is being questioned by police.



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