Australian Story - The Guns of Adjungbilly (Jim Hallinan)
One hot summer morning in February 2001 police from the local cop shop went to arrest 57-year-old Jim Hallinan at Adjungbilly on an outstanding warrant. Mentally ill and confused by the uniformed trespassers Jim Hallinan pulled a gun on them. Within minutes the calm of the bush was destroyed and the full might of the NSW Police force called into action. Almost 100 officers descended on the remote property in the small town including a group of elite sharpshooters, the SPG Tactical Operations Unit which had been specially trained in anti-terrorism practices in preparation for the Sydney Olympics. 36 hours later Jim Hallinan was dead and the course of so many lives irrevocably and tragically altered. Jim Hallinan’s death has been the subject of a coronial inquiry - and now there are calls for that to be reopened. Until now police have maintained their silence on the shooting. They speak out for the first time with compelling first-hand accounts of what happened over those two days in Tumut and the extraordinary fallout over the past four and a half years.
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