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Coroner Criticises Police for Shooting Policy


SA Police will re-evaluate their shooting tactics, following the results of a coronial inquest.

Deputy Coroner Anthony Schapel has handed down his findings into the 2015 fatal shooting of an Elwomple farmer during a five-hour standoff with police.

An officer shot at Alexander Peter Kuskoff three times with hollow-point bullets in his torso during the ordeal as the 50-year-old was experiencing a "severe" mental health episode.

The Deputy Coroner said he found it hard to make "meaningful recommendations" but criticised SAPOL’s policy for officers to avoid shooting limbs in high risk incidents. He said the policy increases the likelihood of death or very serious injury.

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