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Chaotic moment policeman nearly killed inside Sydney pub

The horrific moment a ‘routine arrest’ at a Sydney pub turned into a violent stabbing of a policeman and the subsequent shooting of his attacker was caught on camera by a terrified patron.

Shocking footage shows Detective Sergeant John Breda, 45, laying motionless on the floor of Maroubra Junction Hotel after he was knifed on Friday by wanted sex offender Nick Newman. 

The confronting video of the immediate aftermath reveals how the busy bar was sent into complete panic.

Customers can be seen rushing towards the beer garden where the officer laid, suffering from stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

Detective Sergeant John Breda, 45, went down after being stabbed by wanted sex offender Nick Newman twice during a routine arrest at the Maroubra Junction Hotel on Australia Day

‘F*** me dead there’s a copper down mate,’ one man can be heard saying in the clip released by Nine News, with another adding, ‘he’s been shot’.

The attack launched crowds into full hysteria as some rushed towards the scene, while others evacuated the area. 

An officer can be heard yelling ‘do not move’, while another firmly instructs onlookers to ‘call an ambulance’.

Groans of a man in obvious agony can be heard, while another male is pictured laying on the ground, understood to be making attempts to stop bleeding.

One panicked patron can be heard saying, 'F*** me dead there's a copper down mate,' with another adding, 'he's been shot'

One panicked patron can be heard saying, ‘F*** me dead there’s a copper down mate,’ with another adding, ‘he’s been shot’

Groans of a man, believed to be the injured officer (pictured), in obvious agony can be heard, while another male is pictured laying on the ground trying to stop the bleeding 

Groans of a man, believed to be the injured officer (pictured), in obvious agony can be heard, while another male is pictured laying on the ground trying to stop the bleeding 

Witness, Oliver Lynch, was enjoying a beer and a cigarette in the garden when the drama unfolded.

‘They were holding his stomach…rolling around. I was kind of in a small bit of shock,’ he said. 

‘I was looking at him and there was people bringing tissues, the people who worked in the hotel, they were really good. They were putting pressure on (the injuries).’

‘Before I even smoked my cigarette there was a fella stabbed, and before the cigarette was finished there was a fella shot as well.’

Newman (pictured) stabbed Sergeant Breda in the chest and abdomen during a violent outburst at Maroubra Junction Hotel

Newman (pictured) stabbed Sergeant Breda in the chest and abdomen during a violent outburst at Maroubra Junction Hotel

Witness, Oliver Lynch (pictured), was enjoying a beer and a cigarette in the garden when the drama unfolded

Witness, Oliver Lynch (pictured), was enjoying a beer and a cigarette in the garden when the drama unfolded

‘And then just like that, there was about a hundred cops storming the building.’ 

Detective Sergeant Breda remained in a serious condition in intensive care after undergoing emergency surgery following the Australia Day attack. 

The father-of-two underwent emergency surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital as his devastated wife, Kim, arrived to be by his bedside under police escort.  

Acting NSW Police Commissioner Dave Hudson visited Sgt Breda in hospital on Saturday and said he is in a ‘very serious but stable condition’. 

Newman reportedly failed to appear in court on Wednesday and police sent out a public appeal to find the man.

He was facing six counts of rape against a teenage girl, who Nine News understood he had also gotten pregnant.   

The loving father and decorated detective John Breda, 45, (left) is fighting for life in hospital after he was stabbed twice by wanted sex offender Nick Newman 

The devoted father and policeman (right) underwent emergency surgery at St Vincent's Hospital as his devastated wife, Kim, (left) arrived to be by his bedside under police escort

The devoted father and policeman (right) underwent emergency surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital as his devastated wife, Kim, (left) arrived to be by his bedside under police escort

Photos show the devoted father spending time with his two children and wife as well as enjoying baking pastries in the kitchen (pictured)

Photos show the devoted father spending time with his two children and wife as well as enjoying baking pastries in the kitchen (pictured)

The veteran of the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad was awarded the police force's highest honour in 2015, the National Medal (pictured) by the Prime Minister

The veteran of the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad was awarded the police force’s highest honour in 2015, the National Medal (pictured) by the Prime Minister

Obviously we are not medical experts but we have spoken to them,’ he said.

‘They are comfortable with his progress so far however he is by no means out of danger.’ 

Sergeant Breda is a veteran of the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad has spent time in the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad and was awarded one of the police force’s highest honours. 

In 2015, the 45-year-old was given the National Medal by the Prime Minister.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton said a lot of people were concerned about the senior officer as he is ‘very well regarded’.

‘We’re certainly very concerned about his condition and our thoughts are with him and his family,’ he said.  

Daily Mail Australia understands during the violent arrest, Newman cut his own throat with a knife before being fatally shot, where witnesses said they heard four or five gunshots.  

Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton said a lot of people were concerned about the senior officer (pictured with Kim) as he is 'very well regarded'  

Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton said a lot of people were concerned about the senior officer (pictured with Kim) as he is ‘very well regarded’  

The hero detective was stabbed by Newman, who was then shot dead at a pub in Sydney

The hero detective was stabbed by Newman, who was then shot dead at a pub in Sydney

Sergeant Breda (pictured) was stabbed in the beer garden before two other police officers fatally shot Newman 'four or five' times, according to witnesses

Sergeant Breda (pictured) was stabbed in the beer garden before two other police officers fatally shot Newman ‘four or five’ times, according to witnesses

A dozen police cars and ambulances rushed to the scene on Anzac Parade, shutting down area

A dozen police cars and ambulances rushed to the scene on Anzac Parade, shutting down area

A man was seen being escorted from the scene in handcuffs by police shortly after incident 

A man was seen being escorted from the scene in handcuffs by police shortly after incident 

Bar staff were escorted from the building in Maroubra after the shooting on Friday (pictured)

Bar staff were escorted from the building in Maroubra after the shooting on Friday (pictured)

Another video shot by a witness at the scene showed officers with guns draw at a back entrance to the pub, before entering in combat stance. 

Two 18-year-old boys who heard the commotion told Daily Mail Australia it was ‘pretty scary’.

‘Our friends were inside and we heard the shots so we hurried to see what was going on. There was blood everywhere,’ Mackenzie Gibbs said. 

'Our friends were inside and we heard the shots so we hurried to see what was going on. There was blood everywhere,' Mackenzie Gibbs (left) told Daily Mail Australia

‘Our friends were inside and we heard the shots so we hurried to see what was going on. There was blood everywhere,’ Mackenzie Gibbs (left) told Daily Mail Australia

The senior officer was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery and is in a critical condition

The senior officer was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery and is in a critical condition

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton (pictured) said the senior officer was stabbed in chest and abdomen

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton (pictured) said the senior officer was stabbed in chest and abdomen

Another man was seen being marched away from the pub by police but it was not clear why he was arrested. 

At least 20 police officers locked down the area, putting up tape and telling nearby businesses to close.

Sales assistant Lara Alexander was working at the nearby Pharmacy 4 Less when she heard ‘four or five’ gunshots.

‘I was vacuuming here at work and I heard gunshots from a couple of doors away. About four or five,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

The officer was seen arriving at the hospital surrounded by concerned colleagues while paramedics worked on him

A large number of police officers were at the scene 

A large number of police officers were at the scene and were seen talking to people

At least 20 police officers locked down the area, putting up tape and telling nearby businesses to close

At least 20 police officers locked down the area, putting up tape and telling nearby businesses to close

A witness told reporters: 'I reckon about four or five shots, easy... bang, bang, bang, bang, bang... we saw blood everywhere... it all just happened so suddenly.'

A witness told reporters: ‘I reckon about four or five shots, easy… bang, bang, bang, bang, bang… we saw blood everywhere… it all just happened so suddenly.’

Noel Whelan has been staying at the Maroubra Junction Hotel for a few months and was shocked when he was ushered out and into the street this afternoon 

Noel Whelan has been staying at the Maroubra Junction Hotel for a few months and was shocked when he was ushered out and into the street this afternoon 

‘I went outside and there were three or four ambulances and a whole bunch of police cars.

‘And then I saw someone on a stretcher come out of the pub and another guy in handcuffs.’

Another witness said: ‘I reckon about four or five shots, easy… bang, bang, bang, bang, bang… we saw blood everywhere… it all just happened so suddenly.’ 

Noel Whelan has been staying at the Maroubra Junction Hotel for a few months and was shocked when he was ushered out and into the street this afternoon.

Mr Whelan said he saw the police officer being brought outside and he ‘didn’t look very comfortable at all’.

Dramatic video shot by a witness at the scene showed officers with guns draw at a back entrance to the pub, before entering in combat stance

Dramatic video shot by a witness at the scene showed officers with guns draw at a back entrance to the pub, before entering in combat stance

Large number of police congregate outside the Maroubra Junction Hotel

Large number of police congregate outside the Maroubra Junction Hotel

‘I knew something was wrong when the police came pouring in. There were sirens coming from everywhere,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘I heard what could have been a muffled gunshot but didn’t think anything of it until I went down stairs and there were police everywhere.’

Mr Whelan stays in Maroubra for six months every year and is saddened by the incident.

‘I just want to get back to Europe. I didn’t expect anything like this to happen in Australia especially not in Australia Day.’ 

The homicide squad will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident, including the officers shooting the attacker, police said.

The investigation will be independently reviewed and a report prepared for the coroner.

‘My thoughts and prayers are with the family and colleagues of the NSW Police officer injured in Maroubra this afternoon,’ NSW Police Minister Troy Grant said.

‘Thank you to the team at St Vincent’s who are caring for him now.’

The officer was stabbed multiple times in the chest about 3.10pm at the Maroubra Junction Hotel on Anzac Parade

The officer was stabbed multiple times in the chest about 3.10pm at the Maroubra Junction Hotel on Anzac Parade



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