A man has been shot dead in a confrontation with police on a WA gambling forum after he was arrested on a number of charges, police said.
Key points:The WA Police Service confirmed the man was shot dead at a gambling forum in WaikatoMr John Jones, 41, was charged with two counts of public nuisance and one count of theft from a dwelling.
Police said the man had a number or warrants out for himMr Jones was taken to the Waikatipi Police Station, about 50 kilometres south-east of the city of Wairarapa, where he was pronounced dead.
“The man was involved in an altercation with police officers at a forum,” a police spokesman said.
“A man was taken into custody and remains in police custody for the purposes of a coronial inquest.”
He had been charged with public nuisance, theft from the dwelling and possessing a firearm in a public place.
“It is with deep regret that we have to confirm that the death of Mr John Jones has occurred,” WA Police said in a statement.
“His death has been reported to police by the WA Government.”‘
No doubt the man would have been killed’The WA Government’s Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Dr Chris Graham, said it was “not a happy day for the community”.
“We are saddened to hear the news, this man would not have been able to carry out his plan,” Dr Graham said.
Mr Jones had been arrested on at least two occasions, according to WA Police, in July and August.
The WA Premier, Colin Barnett, said he had spoken to Mr Jones’ family and asked them to respect the family’s privacy.
“I’ve spoken to the family, I’ve spoken with the WA Police,” he said.