July 20, 2023

Man dead following confrontation with police in Sydney’s inner west

By Sarah Keoghan
Updated July 20, 2023 — 9.18amfirst published at 6.49am
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A man has died after being Tasered and shot at during a confrontation with police in Sydney’s inner west.

Emergency services were called to a unit in Franklyn Street in Glebe about 11.50pm on Wednesday over concerns for a man’s welfare.

When police officers arrived they were allegedly confronted by a 43-year-old man who was armed with a knife.

Police said one officer used a Taser during the confrontation, while another discharged a firearm.

The man was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.

In a statement, NSW Police said the State Crime Command’s homicide squad will investigate the events which led to the man’s death.

The investigation will be independently reviewed.

On Thursday morning, police had cornered off the section of the unit block where the incident occurred.


The unit block is the property of Housing NSW.

Farahnaz Moshiri has lived in the apartment complex for 23 years. She said the man who was shot dead was “quiet” but had known mental health problems.

“I am so sorry he’s passed away,” she said.

Ross Laehy, who lives on nearby Greek Street, said he was woken up by bright police lights about 11.30pm, as his property looks over the unit block.

“It’s sad for whoever got shot. It’s usually a pretty quiet place,” he said.

Laehy said he joined a recent petition to stop the demolition of the public housing block, which was set to be replaced with 12-storey apartment blocks.

Around the unit blocks, multiple signs can be seen hung up stating: “No evictions of housing tenants. Action for public housing.”

Father Sha Mani, whose daughter lives in the units with her mother, said the block is “very different” to the affluent nearby streets.

“It is quiet but sometimes gets rowdy,” he said about the area.

“Lots of people move in and out, and you can sometimes hear yelling. Sometimes you come and can see needles on the ground.”

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