Steve Pampalian Wiki – Steve Pampalian Biography
Steve Pampalian, 41, a knife-wielding man was heard screaming ‘I’m going to kill her, I’m going to kill him’ before he was shot dead by police in one of Sydney’s wealthiest suburbs.
Police received ‘multiple calls’ that a shirtless Steve Pampalian, 41, was wielding two large ‘chef style’ knives and knocking on doors along Alexander Avenue, in North Willoughby, before 11.30 am on Thursday. Officers were told he had been behaving aggressively and erratically and had also been chasing terrified residents down the street. When officers arrived at the scene on Sydney’s lower north shore, Mr. Pampalian allegedly confronted two officers before a constable fired four shots. Mr. Pampalian was shot dead at the scene. No one else suffered any injuries.
Police later said Mr. Pampalian was known to them. The terrifying incident unfolded near St Thomas Primary School and a busy Harris Farm supermarket in the middle of the leafy suburb, described by horrified locals as the quietest area in Sydney. The school was placed in lockdown at the time of the incident but remained operational with no threat to the community. Nearby Willoughby Public School was also briefly locked down as a precaution.
Steve Pampalian was 41 years old.
Man shot and killed by police in Sydney after allegedly acting “erratically”
Mujahid Torwali, his 10-year-old son Azaan and his thesis supervisor Jakelin Troy were inside a home on nearby McClellan Street when they heard high-pitched screaming followed by at least three gunshots. That included ‘I’m going to kill her, I’m going to kill him’. Ms. Troy told Daily Mail Australia she heard ‘high pitched screaming’ about 10 minutes before a ‘warning shot’ was fired, followed by two more gunshots.’I thought I heard a scream, I thought it was a child or something like that,’ she said. ‘This kind of thing alarms me as a mother. ‘I was really alarmed because I was thinking, that’s a lot of gunshots. I thought ‘What’s going to happen next? You don’t want to be around when there’s shooting.’ Mr. Torwali and his young son are originally from northwest Pakistan, an area under the control of the Taliban. He was asking me “Papa what’s going on? You’re telling me that this kind of thing happens in Australia”,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
Ms. Troy added that she never expected anything like this to happen in ‘sleepy North Willoughby’. She wondered if the gunshots were heard during a meeting she was hosting on Zoom at the time. Mr. Pampalian’s devastated cousin Pete arrived at the scene demanding answers from the police. He described Mr. Pampalian as a soft, kind-hearted man who admittedly had his ‘problems’, adding he last saw him at a family christening a fortnight ago. Pete slammed the police officer who pulled the trigger, claiming his cousin was unnecessarily gunned down by police. Whatever’s happened, what he’s done is done, but you don’t shoot someone dead,’ he said. ‘How many coppers have they got here? They could have surrounded him there but you don’t shoot him dead. My uncle, he’s losing his s*** because they won’t even let him see his body.
My uncle, he’s losing his s*** because they won’t even let him see his body. ‘They won’t let him see the body because then he’ll have to have to see three bullet holes in the bloke. They (the police) could have waited, called his parents, and waited for them to arrive. They would have spoken to him and settled him down.’ He conceded that his cousin had his problems, but didn’t deserve to be shot. ‘How many times have the cops done this to people? You don’t shoot anyone unless they’re firing at you, that’s a different story,’ he said.
Shooting investigation by the NSW Police in Willoughby
Mr. Pampalian was known to the police, according to NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Leanne McCusker. She is ‘confident’ in the actions of the two officers involved, who have been left shaken by the incident. We received multiple calls in regards to a male behaving erratically and aggressively,’ Commissioner McCusker said. He ran at police and the two large knives he had on him at the time are what I’d be describing as large chef-style knives,’ ‘He was chasing people down the street, and was approaching neighbors and was approaching various homes.’ Certainly, some concerns had been raised by neighbors but that will form part of the critical investigation. ‘With the information that is before me at this stage and noting the speed at which I understand the person approached the police, yes I am [confident in the actions of the officers].’ The assistant commissioner plans to watch the officer’s bodycam footage of the fatal incident. She confirmed a Taser hadn’t been involved in the incident. ‘I haven’t seen the footage yet, that is because it is early on in the investigation,’ she said.
‘Certainly, Taser was a tactical option available (to the officers), and in terms of the tactical option that was used that will be subject to the investigation by the critical investigation team.’ Many residents have been left shocked. ‘It’s weird,’ resident Justin Ho told reporters. It’s bewildering, I think a bit shocking for something like this to happen. It’s pretty, pretty scary.’ Harris Farm supermarket staff said they didn’t hear anything and were unaware of the shooting nearby until they were told by customers. 2GB breakfast host Ben Fordham was also in the area at the time and raised the alarm on the radio.
First and foremost for anyone around the area, if you can be aware that there is a very serious police operation that is underway around Willoughby at the moment,’ he told colleague Deborah Knight. You’d be wise to avoid it if you possibly can. ‘Gunshots have been heard in the area of Willoughby.’ Dozens of police remain at the scene with a critical incident investigation underway. The State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad will investigate all circumstances surrounding the man’s death, including the discharge of a police firearm.
A report will also be prepared for the coroner. The latest critical incident investigation is just the latest to be announced by the NSW Police Force. A 95-year-old great-grandmother died on Wednesday night after she was allegedly tasered by a senior constable at a nursing home in Cooma, in the NSW Snowy Mountains. Clare Nowland died in a hospital surrounded by her loved ones on Wednesday night after a week of end-of-life care. Senior Constable Kristian White has been charged in relation to the tasering incident and an investigation continues.