Police report 'untrue', court told

A PUBLIC hearing into the police shooting of mentally ill Sydney man Adam Salter has been told officers misled their bosses and the media about the events which led to the 36-year-old's death.

Police allege they had no choice but to shoot Mr Salter, who they described as "dangerous and psychotic", when he came at them with a knife at his Lakemba home in November, 2009.

Officers had responded to reports Mr Salter was cutting himself with a knife.

Mr Salter's father has since launched legal action against NSW Police and referred the case to the Police Integrity Commission.

In his opening address at the first public hearing on Monday, counsel assisting the PIC Geoffrey Watson said police reports made in the 48 hours following the shooting had contained "untrue" statements.

He also suggested senior police had failed to investigate Mr Salter's death even after a coroner ruled the shooting was a result of police error.

The hearing continues.

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