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‘Could have lost their lives’: Police shoot at crocs charging at offenders evading arrest


Police officers in the Northern Territory were forced to fire live ammunition rounds at three crocodiles that were chasing two offenders they were trying to arrest.

Four people were arrested by police near the rural town of Daly River on Friday, when two of them jumped into a nearby river that police said has a “significant crocodile population”.

When three crocodiles started charging at the alleged offenders, NT Police said the officers were forced to “discharge a bean bag and live ammunition rounds”.

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None of the crocodiles were injured and the two offenders were arrested.

“The two offenders were lucky as they could have lost their lives as a result of their careless actions,” NT Police said.

NT Police say they have responded to a number of “significant incidents” in the Wadeye, Peppimentarti and Daly River communities over the past week.

The incidents include an adult male who was injured with a crossbow, large groups fighting and damage to a police vehicle.

“The behaviour displayed by a small group of residents is completely unacceptable,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Kylie Anderson said.

“NT Police will continue to work with Elders, Traditional Owners and other community stakeholders in an effort to bring an end to these disturbances.”

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Source: 7News