Australia: 'Troubled' officer sparks police station siege


By Les Kennedy and Ben Cubby
Sydney Morning Herald

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA —The desperate officer arrived at Earlwood police station yesterday afternoon via a rear courtyard, got his service pistol, returned to his car and put the gun in his mouth.

But a crucial phone call saved him. Minutes earlier, the officer, a 39-year-old senior constable with the highway patrol, had phoned a fellow officer in despair.

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