'I am going to kill them all': Axe-wielding man shot dead


A man shot dead by police on the NSW Central Coast was heard screaming "I am going to kill them all" moments before he charged at officers with an axe.

Police were called to a home on The Entrance Road in Erina on Friday night after a 45-year-old man attempted to burn his neighbour's house down.


Officers tape off The Entrance Road in Erina today. Picture: Tim Hunter.
Officers tape off The Entrance Road in Erina today. Picture: Tim Hunter.

According to police sources, as two Traffic and Highway Patrol officers approached the man's home he screamed "I'm going to kill them all".

The man was holding a fire torch and police spotted flames coming from the side of the house.

Two officers forced their way through the front door before the man confronted them with an axe.

The officers fired at least two shots, killing him at the scene.

Neighbours say police had been to home, which the victim bought in 2008, dozens of times before for fights with residents and noise complaints.

It is understood the victim lived alone after separating from his partner about 2016.

Forensic officers combed the scene on Saturday morning while homicide detectives door knocked neighbours for an insight into his past behaviour.

One woman, who said she knew the man, turned up to the street about 10am but only said it was a mental health issue and "he had slipped through the cracks".

A critical incident investigation will look into the actions of police.