Aussie police get shoot-to-kill power in vehicle terror attacks

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2019 04:09:56 +0000

Police in part of Australia were given shoot-to-kill powers on Monday (Oct 28), to stop drivers who deliberately plough into pedestrians.

Eight people have been killed and more than 45 injured in three such attacks in Melbourne, Victoria’s state capital and Australia’s second-biggest city, since 2017.

Victoria Police said officers will be required to take “decisive action” in response to vehicle attacks – including ramming cars involved or shooting the driver.

Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said officers had wide powers to stop an attack – or even the threat of one.

“Any tactical option that currently exists, they can use, but