THE Victorian woman, 24, shot by a police officer during an early morning scuffle in Coffs Harbour has undergone surgery and remains in a stable condition.
Police have released details of the incident to the media, stating that the woman and a 24-year-old male were in the process of being arrested after allegedly stealing a car from a transporter unloading vehicles to local car yards.
Coffs Clarence Local Area Commander Superintendent Mark Holahan said a critical investigation team is investigating the incident and the two officers involved, a constable and a probationary constable are being counselled over the incident.
Mr Holahan said police believe the man and woman were travelling through the region when their car broke down.
An off duty police officer allegedly observed them acting suspiciously around a car transporter in Tolhurst St around 12.30am.
"He contacted the police station and asked for assistance, shortly after that a vehicle was removed from the transporter and went into the Halls Rd area of Coffs Harbour," Mr Holahan said.
"The on-duty police attended shortly after and located the vehicle in Mikinos St, Coffs Harbour.
"One of the officers approached the passenger side of the vehicle and removed the passenger and a short scuffle ensued, the second officer went to the driver's side of the vehicle and a shot was heard and a 24-year-old female from Victoria was struck (by a bullet) to the jaw area.
"We now know that that shot came from a police firearm.
"A critical incident has been declared and that is now under investigation by police for the Tweed Local Area Command," he said.
Woman shot in the head
AN internal police investigation is underway into the shooting of a woman in Coffs Harbour overnight.
Police stopped an alleged stolen vehicle in Mikinos Street, Coffs Harbour about 12.40am today.
During the vehicle stop, the 24-year-old female driver was shot in the head.
She was taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital where she is said to be in a stable condition.
The male passenger of the vehicle is currently assisting police with inquiries at Coffs Harbour Police Station.
An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting is underway.
Coffs Clarence Local Area Commander Superintendent Mark Holahan will brief the media at 11am.
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