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WA man shot by police faces charges

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A West Australian man who was shot in the stomach during a scuffle with police has been charged with attempting to murder an officer.

Russell Penny, 45, was driving along Albany Highway in Crossman, in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region, on Friday when police pulled him over.

He allegedly became aggressive with police and refused to comply with their instructions.

As a scuffle broke out, one of the officers allegedly used his taser unsuccessfully before Penny removed a sawn-off shotgun from his pants.

The officers attempted to restrain him and a violent struggle ensued, police said.

Penny then allegedly fired his gun at one of the officers, so the other policeman discharged his firearm, wounding Penny in the stomach.

Officers provided Penny with first aid before he was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital.

He was charged with one count of intending to unlawfully kill and had a bedside court hearing in hospital on Monday.

Penny is due to appear in the Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on January 29.

He remains in hospital.