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Police shootings 1990-97

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 89

Vicki Dalton
ISBN 0 642 24071 X ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, June 1998


Between 1990 and 1997 the police shot 41 people whom they were attempting to detain. This report identifies patterns and trends across jurisdictions in the incidence of firearms-related deaths in custody. Dalton addresses the use of deadly force by police and then considers what other alternatives are available to police when confronted with an armed, agitated or suicidal offender.