Indian international student Mohamed Rahmathullah Syed Ahmed, who came to Australia on a student’s visa in 2019, was shot after he attacked two police officers with a knife at Auburn police station in Sydney’s west.
The incident happened at about 12.08am Tuesday (28 February 2023). According to NSW Police, officers immediately performed first aid on him until the arrival of NSW Ambulance paramedics. He was taken to Westmead Hospital but died a short time later.
Ahmed was also involved in the stabbing of a 28-year-old man at 12.03am at Auburn Railway Station before arriving at the police station. The man who was attacked was treated by paramedics at Auburn Railway Station before he was taken to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition.
According to information given by NSW’s Assistant Police Commissioner Stuart Smith in a press conference, shortly after midnight, 32-year-old Ahmed launched a frenzied attack on a cleaner at Auburn train station.
About four minutes later he was in the vicinity of the Auburn police station outside the glass doors and appeared to be looking towards the police station. Soon after a 000 call came in over the air regarding the stabbing at Auburn railway station and two police officers moved from the police station through a set of glass doors and attempted to exit the building through the glass doors. At that stage Ahmed attacked the two officers. The senior police officer then withdrew his glock service pistol and fired three shots. Ahmed was then rushed to Westmead hospital but was pronounced dead at 1.32am.
A critical incident team comprised of officers from State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad will now investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, including the discharge of a police firearm.
That investigation will be subject to independent review.