Traumatised police officer forced to resign after having loaded gun pointed at his head

A senior police officer traumatised after having a loaded gun pointed at him by an ice addict during a routine surveillance operation was suffering from severe post traumatic stress disorder and had to resign from his job of 25 years, a court has heard.
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An emotional Sergeant Sean Raab, 46, told the Supreme Court on Thursday he has violent nightmares every night since the dramatic confrontation with Joseph Christiansz in a Docklands car park in November 2012.

Sergeant Raab said that whenever he saw the letter O on a signboard it reminded him of the end of the barrel of Christiansz’s revolver.

He suffers anxiety attacks and rarely leaves his home because he is worried about being attacked, and has installed CCTV cameras and large gates at his house to protect his family.

Sergeant Raab said he had always been someone who liked to help others but now he could not even help himself.

Christiansz, 37, also known as Mark Christian who was shot at least twice by police during the incident, was found guilty by a jury of one count of using a firearm to prevent arrest and one count of assault for pointing the gun at Sergeant Raab’s head.

Three other officers claimed Christiansz had pointed the gun at them but the jury found this could not be proved and found him not guilty of three other assault charges.

Christiansz had also been charged with attempted murder but Justice Betty King ordered this charge be dropped because of insufficient evidence.

Sergeant Raab, Detective Senior Constable Simeon Parker, Detective Senior Constable Warren Normoyle and Senior Constable Sarah Rogers had set up a surveillance operation on level two of the Victoria Point Docklands apartment complex where two luxury cars stolen by Christiansz were parked on November 12, 2012.

The officers saw Christiansz get out of the lift from his rented 40th floor penthouse suite just after 3pm and walk to the car park.

Sergeant Raab told the jury that when he confronted Christiansz, the ice addict pulled out a loaded revolver from the front of his jeans and pointed the gun directly at him from two metres away.

Sergeant Raab believed Christiansz tried to shoot him but the gun failed to discharge.

“I think I’m going to be shot in the face so I spin …” the police officer told the jury.

“I didn’t want to be shot but hopefully if it did hit me it would hit me in the back rather than in the back of the head.

“I had my head down and was concentrating on nothing else than waiting to get a bullet.

“I obviously thought if I was shot, I would be killed.”

Constable Parker then opened fire on Christiansz, who was struck in the buttock and arm.

Justice King said on Thursday that Christiansz, who was on bail at the time for other offences and claimed he was unarmed when shot by police, was “one of the most obvious liars I have seen in a long time”.

The judge said Christiansz had claimed he was the victim and police had tried to murder him but this was not true.

Justice King remanded Christiansz, who has been diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder, for sentencing on a date to be fixed.

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