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'Armed car thief' pinned to the ground by police with weapons drawn in pursuit in Sydney’s south

Another image from the scene shows a police officer pointing what appears to be a duty weapon at the head of a man who is restrained on the road. Courtesy: Facebook

A man has been pinned to the ground by armed police in the pursuit of a stolen car in the Sutherland Shire, in Sydney’s south, that led to the partial shut down of a busy road.

NSW Police tonight confirmed in a statement that officers were first alerted to the man about 6pm following reports he had possibly been wielding a machete or firearm.

Police confirmed the orange Holden Trax he had been driving was a stolen car and followed the man, before starting to pursue it after he failed to stop near the Southgate Shopping Centre in Sylvania.

9News understands the Trax was stopped by police on the Prince Highway at Gymea, forcing the vehicle to crash into a patrol vehicle and drive up onto a median strip.

Officers could be seen in vision from the scene repeatedly using a baton to try and gain access to the vehicle, while the driver was still inside.

In another image, a man can be seen being held to the ground by a police officer aiming what appears to be a duty weapon at his head.

NSW Police confirmed he has since been taken to Sutherland Hospital for assessment, and the male and female officers involved in the pursuit were treated for minor injuries.

Source: https://www.9news.com.au/2019/02/22/19/59/sydney-news-gymea-police-operation-sutherland-shire-man-pinned-to-ground