A man is clinging to life in hospital after repeatedly stabbing himself before being Tasered by police during a violent confrontation in a shopping centre liquor store in Newcastle.
An internal investigation into NSW Police conduct has been launched.
Police were called to a Charlestown shopping centre just after 1.30pm on Wednesday following reports of a domestic-related incident.
The 22-year-old man was approached by officers outside a liquor store, before he produced a knife and began stabbing himself, NSW Police said in a statement.
Officers used a Taser to try and stop him.
“Officers commenced CPR before he was taken by NSW Ambulance paramedics to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition,” the statement said.
A critical incident has been launched to examine police conduct during the event – and will be independently reviewed.
Police are calling for witnesses to come forward.
National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.
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