« Il était faillible »: un homme abattu par la police souffrait d'insomnie et de dépression, déclare un amiaoût 26, 2019
Updated August 20, 2019 09:12:03
A man who was shot dead by police after a domestic violence incident on Sydney’s northern beaches suffered severe insomnia, chronic pain and depression, a close friend says.
- Police were called after reports a man had tried to strangle his mother at their Ingleside property
- They say Mr Carr pointed a shotgun at them when they arrived, and was fatally shot in his leg
- His friend Beth Leach said he had been « dismissed as a human » in the wake of his death
Mr Carr was shot in the leg after pointing a shotgun at police. He died a short time later in hospital.
Beth Leach, who has been close friends with Mr Carr for nearly 40 years, told the ABC he was admitted to hospital last year after being unable to sleep for three weeks straight.
« He’d gone in to have mental health support for a couple of weeks to help him try and get back on track, and try to get him into a good place in his life, » she said.
Ms Leach said her friend also suffered from a painful eye condition which meant he could not venture into sunlight without wearing glasses and that he was « almost clinically blind ».
On the night of the shooting, an engagement party for Mr Carr’s nephew was being held at his 86-year-old mother’s house on the Ingleside property.
It is unknown what lead to the domestic violence incident but Ms Leach said her friend had a « volatile » relationship with his family.
She felt Mr Carr had been « dismissed as a human » in the wake of the shooting and she wanted her friend remembered as a decent person who made a mistake.
« I would like him remembered as a human that was fallible. He failed. None of us are infallible, » she said.
« I know people will go, ‘Oh my God, somebody’s pulling the mental health card again … what about the police? What about the mother?’
« He was a good egg. »
A critical incident has been launched and it is understood the officers were wearing body cameras, which corroborate their account of the incident.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Julie Boon told reporters on Sunday the firearm was unregistered and the weapon was pointed at police officers.
She said she was « very concerned » about the three officers involved, who would be given support over the next few months.
Ms Leach said she felt « really sorry » for the police involved.
« I’m really sorry he didn’t manage that scenario in a different way.
« This is a tragedy for everyone. »
First posted August 20, 2019 06:39:37