Alleged mentally ill man killed in Half-Way Tree by police
The police are investigating the fatal shooting of an alleged mentally ill man during a tussle with police personnel yesterday evening.
The Inspectorate of Constabulary is reportedly leading an internal probe into the incident.
The incident reportedly occurred on the compound of the Half-Way Tree Police Station.
The police say 36-year-old Ian Nugent, who is believed to be of unsound mind, entered the compound and was behaving in a disorderly manner.
It’s understood that the man was escorted off the compound but returned and physically attacked a police officer.
A statement from the Corporate Communications Unit of the police force says another policeman who observed what was happening intervened, and was subsequently attacked with a knife and hit in the head with a baton by Nugent.
The police say the mentally ill man was later shot and wounded when he attempted to inflict further wounds to the policeman.
Nugent was taken to the Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The injured policeman was also taken to hospital where he is undergoing treatment.
The police say the matter is also being investigated by the Independent Commission of Investigations and the Bureau of Special Investigations.
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