Anatomy of a police shooting: the final hours of Elijah Holcombe

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In this extract from her book, Kate Wild reconstructs the lead-up to the alleyway shooting of a mentally ill man

“Mr Holcombe? We have some news for you regarding Elijah, but we’d like to tell you in person. Can we come over and see you?”

Jeremy’s ears began to ring.

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The young man looked as if he had been crying

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The mental health nurse was upset. She hadn’t had time to assess Elijah properly

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He … found Rich standing on the footpath ashen-faced, his right hand bright with blood

Davis described bystanders as ‘innocent’ twice in five sentences. ‘Large bladed knife’ appeared three times in four lines

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