Man killed by cops after stalking, stabbing Tinder date
NEW details have emerged about the man police shot dead on the Pacific Hwy at Bonville on Thursday night.
Sydney man Paul Lambert has now been identified by both News Corp and the Daily Mail as the man who first stabbed Port Macquarie woman Angela Jay and then fled the scene after dousing her in petrol.
The pair were reportedly known to each other and are believed to have met on the dating app Tinder before Jay rejected Lambert.
News Corp reports Lambert stabbed his victim 11 times last night before dousing her in petrol and then fleeing along the Pacific Hwy.
Officers gave chase and cornered him near Bonville before Lambert tried to attack them with a knife which led to him being tasered and then shot.
EARLIER: TWO police officers reverted to lethal force, as the man wanted over an earlier stabbing in Port Macquarie, attacked them with a knife at Bonville.
That was the situation that was described by NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Jeff Loy today as he explained the welfare of the officers involved was being monitored by Coffs Clarence Police.
One officer fired a taser at the man, before firearms were drawn.
This happened moments after road spikes were used to stop the vehicle after a high-speed pursuit along the Pacific Hwy at Bonville.
An earlier pursuit north of Port Macquarie had been terminated due to safety concerns.
After the vehicle came to a stop the offender ran from the vehicle, Mr Loy said.
"At a point on the roadway on the northbound lanes he turned and confronted police and attacked police with a knife," he said.
"One officer deployed a taser but that taser was ineffective.
"Then he continued to confront police and attacked police with a knife and two officers shot the offender."
Mr Loy said CPR and first-aid were rendered to the man but he died at the scene.
Police said it was extremely fortunate the 28-year-old woman, stabbed and doused in petrol by the deceased man inside her Magnolia Pl home in Port Macquarie, escaped.
"The bravery of this victim to be attacked in her own home and to make good on her escape was a fantastic effort," Mr Loy said.
"Our blessings are with her ... our condolences also go out to the deceased person and his family and friends."
AS IT HAPPENED
5.50pm - Domestic dispute - a 28-year-old woman is stabbed multiple times and doused in petrol at a Magnolia Pl home in Port Macquarie.
6pm - The woman is able to flee and staggers to a neighbour's home.
Emergency services are called and on the scene in minutes finding the woman lying in a pool of blood.
She is taken to Port Macquarie Hospital in a serious condition.
6.30pm - A manhunt is under way and a description of a vehicle is circulated to patrolling police.
A pursuit is terminated north of Port Macquarie due to safety concerns.
9.45pm - The vehicle is spotted by police south of Coffs Harbour.
The pursuit is re-engaged and road spikes are deployed near Archville Station Rd, Bonville.
The man confronts police armed with a knife. A taser is fired but proves ineffective.
Two officers draw their firearms and fire several shots at the man.
NOON: TWO police officers shot the deceased man, who was armed with a knife, after a taser proved ineffective.
The use of lethal force happened after road spikes were used to stop the vehicle on the Pacific Hwy at Bonville and a brief foot pursuit followed.
"At a point on the roadway on the northbound lanes he turned and confronted police and attacked police with a knife," NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Jeff Loy said.
"One officer deployed a taser but that taser was ineffective.
"Then he continued to confront police and attacked police with a knife and two officers shot the offender.
Assistant Commissioner Loy said CPR and first aid were rendered to the man, but he died at the scene.
6AM: HOMICIDE squad detectives will investigate the events that led to two police officers fatally shooting a 36-year-old man near Coffs Harbour following a pursuit and the stabbing of a woman in Port Macquarie.
The 28-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times and reportedly doused in petrol in Magnolia Pl, Port Macquarie on Thursday around 6pm.
News reports suggest the woman was able to stagger to a neighbour's house in Magnolia Pl, Port Macquarie, and call for help about 6pm.
Paramedics and police arrived to find her lying in a pool of blood in the neighbour's garage.
She was treated at the scene and then rushed to Port Macquarie Base Hospital, where she was said to be in a serious condition.
The woman was expected to undergo scans to determine the extent of her injuries.
Some three-and-half hours later police south of Coffs Harbour engaged in pursuit of a vehicle of interest on the Pacific Highway at Bonville.
Road spikes are thought to have been used before police confronted a man.
Police have confirmed a police firearm was discharged and a man has died.
A critical incident investigation is underway that will see northbound lanes of the Pacific Highway, south of Coffs Harbour closed to traffic this morning.
The closure of the Pacific Highway is leading to heavy traffic delays.
The NSW Transport Management Centre was at 8.30am reporting five kilometre queues for northbound traffic south of Coffs Harbour.
One lane of the highway has been reopened to passing traffic near Archville Station Rd.
"A critical incident team from State Crime Command's Homicide Squad will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident including the discharge of a police firearm," NSW Police wrote in a statement.
"All information will be provided to the Coroner who will determine the cause of death and make any findings about the events leading up to the man's death."
The Daily Telegraph reports that the pair first met through online dating application Tinder, although it is unclear if they were a couple or had only just met.
Neighbours said the attack shocked the quiet suburban cul-de-sac.
"It's just such a shock when an attack like that happens around here," one said.
"There are a lot of families here."
For 24-hour domestic violence support, phone Queensland's DVConnect on 1800 811 811 or MensLine on 1800 600 636, NSW's Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or the national hotline 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). If you need mental health support, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.
12:30AM: POLICE have established a critical incident crime scene at Bonville near Archville Station Rd, south of Coffs Harbour where a man, 36, was fatally shot by police on Thursday night.
A separate crime scene has been secured by officers in Magnolia Pl, Port Macquarie, where a woman was stabbed earlier in the evening and reportedly doused in petrol.
The 28-year-old woman is said to have staggered to a neighbour's house and collapsed in a garage around 6pm.
She was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Port Macquarie Hospital where she remains in a serious condition.
That incident triggered a manhunt on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales.
Around 9.45pm, officers engaged in a pursuit with a vehicle on the Pacific Highway at Bonville, south of Coffs Harbour.
It is understood road spikes may have been used by police on the vehicle of interest.
Police have confirmed a 36-year-old man was then confronted by police at that scene, south of Coffs Harbour.
A police firearm was discharged and the man died, police said.
No further details are being released at this stage.
A briefing will be given to media later this morning.
The NSW Transport Management Centre has advised that northbound lanes of the Pacific Hwy, south of Coffs Harbour, are likely to remain closed until noon Friday, as the critical investigation continues.
Motorists travelling north are advised to use the New England Highway.
THURSDAY 11.30PM: A CRITICAL incident investigation has been launched following the death of a man during a confrontation with police, south of Coffs Harbour.
Police attempted to stop and arrest a man following a pursuit on the Pacific Highway, at Bonville near Coffs Harbour on Thursday about 9.45pm.
Police said that followed an earlier domestic-related incident at Port Macquarie in which a woman in her 20s was stabbed.
A 36-year-old man died following a confrontation with police.
A critical incident team from State Crime Command's Homicide Squad will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident including the discharge of a police firearm.
That investigation will be subject to independent review.
All information will be provided to the Coroner who will determine the cause of death and make any findings about the events leading up to the man's death.
No further details are available at this time.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/