The man shot by police at Rocky River, near Tenterfield, on the weekend has been named as Ryan Pringle, son of rugby league player Neil Pringle.
Mr Pringle was allegedly shot after becoming violent when refused entry to the site of a Rainbow Family festival, which was in its set-up phase last weekend. The festival is based around values of tribal anarchy and non-violence, and the group’s website has a page devoted to dealing with people who act out and become violent at a festival.
But the group has admitted that its procedures didn’t work this time and in a meda release has praised police actions. They said he threatened the group with a large knife and was taking aim at police with a large crossbow.
‘The officers continually pleaded that he drop his crossbow and that they did not want him to get hurt,’ the media release said.
‘We mourn his loss, even though we did not know him and he was not accustomed to our ways. His threats were signs of attention-seeking but they were very real nonetheless.’
Police are investigating the shooting.