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New South Wales Police Officer Shot

March 28, 2002

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New South Wales Police Officer Shot

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Three men will face court charged with shooting a young police officer, who continues to fight for his life in a Sydney (NSW) hospital.

The 26-year-old officer remains in a critical condition in Prince of Wales Hospital after undergoing emergency surgery for gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

Police charged a 21-year-old man from the western suburb of Blacktown, a 22-year-old man whose address is unknown, and a 25-year-old man from Maroubra in Sydney's east, over the shooting.

The trio allegedly ambushed the officer after he began following a suspected stolen car in Hillsdale, in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

The incident happened in suburban Grace Campbell Crescent about 5.40pm (AEDT) while the officer was working alone in an unmarked highway patrol car.

The three men were charged with a number of offences including shoot with intent to murder, use weapon to avoid apprehension, aggravated carjacking, and possess unlicensed firearm.

They will face Waverley Local Court this morning.

Police were also investigating unconfirmed reports a fourth man may have been involved in the incident, a police spokeswoman said.

Maroubra Duty Officer Inspector Wayne Cox said Police Commissioner Peter Ryan visited the young officer in hospital on Wednesday night.

The officer's family and close friends were at his bedside, he said.

Footnote; The officer is currently engaged to be married. It is reported he did not even have time to alight from his vehicle, and was found by Police responding to the backup call in his seat with the belt on. His condition remains grave.

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