Beetham man killed by police

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    A 39 year old man was shot and killed by police in the Beetham last night after he pointed a firearm at them.

    Around 9:50pm, officers responded to a report of loud explosions at Phase 5.

    Upon arrival they noticed a man standing in the vicinity of an Early Childhood Centre with what appeared to be a rifle strapped to his waist.

    When they confronted the man, he pointed the firearm at them and they fired at the suspect several times.

    The suspect, identified as Sydney Saroop, alias “Papa”, was taken to hospital where he died.

    The rifle, with the markings ‘American Tactical’, was recovered at the scene.