Suspected robber shot dead by police at train station
A SUSPECTED armed robber was shot dead by police after a terrifying stand-off at Sydney's Central Station as panicked commuters made their way home during the peak-hour rush.
Officers were called to the Eddy Ave exit of the station about 6.45pm after reports of an armed robbery at the station's florist shop.
Graphic video from the scene shows officers - both uniformed and plain clothed - surrounding the florist shop, ordering the man out.
He can then be seen charging out of the shop before four gunshots ring out and the man drops.
Witnesses said it began when the man approached the elderly owner of a nearby florist and tried to grab hold of him.
"An Asian man, 30 to 40, tried to grab this old man like a kidnap or something, so I put down my bags and went straight to him and yelled 'what the f ... are you doing, what do you want'," said witness Nathan Yin, who was on his way into the station.
The elderly man was understood to be the owner of Eddy Avenue Florist.
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After Mr Yin intervened, the attacker let go of the elderly man but was still behaving erratically, knocking over flowers and yelling.
He is believed to have grabbed scissors and slashed himself several times.
"He was cutting his face and neck and all over his body … then he started breaking all this stuff in the florist so I called police," Mr Yin said.
"They came and tried to grab him but they couldn't so they shot him, maybe three or four times, and he went straight down."
Detectives and forensic crews sealed off the area, following the shooting. Picture: Darren Leigh Roberts
Sources said the man was shot three times by one officer and once by another as he ran at the three officers.
It is believed the officers were attached to the Police Transport Command, which is based in Central.
No one else was injured and the deceased man is yet to be identified.
"A man has been shot following a confrontation with police and has died at the scene," police said in a statement.
Police said the matter was now a "critical incident" being handled by the Homicide Squad, in line with all police shootings.
It's the first police shooting since the 2014 Lindt siege, that saw tactical officers kill gunman Man Monis.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton confirmed a "male of Asian appearance" had died.
"Critical incident team from Homicide squad will now investigate all the circumstances surrounding the incident, including the discharge of police firearms during the confrontation," he said during a short media conference.
CJs Central shop owner Sami Aryal witnessed the violent incident.
"I was just about to go to the toilet, and I saw three to four police officers holding a gun. They were saying something to the man like 'put your hands down'," she said.
"And then after 20 seconds, the man came out of the flower shop and he was shot about three times."