Inquiry begins into death of man shot by police after attacking his mother in Melbourne

The 30-year-old, who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, had asked his mother Lilla to come to the John Coutts Reserve in North Melbourne on the afternoon of July 16, 2020.

When she arrived, Gabriel pushed her to the ground and beat her, repeatedly stabbing her in the head and neck with a wooden stick.

The 30-year-old man attacked his mother on the John Coutts Reservation the next day. (Nine)

After 17 minutes, the police arrived and one of the officers fired three shots into Gabriel’s chest, killing him.

His mother was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after going into cardiac arrest four times.

Messo survived the attack but now lives with an acquired brain injury.

State Coroner Judge John Cain began investigating the circumstances surrounding Gabriel’s death Tuesday.

The Coroner’s Court of Victoria was told that Gabriel was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2014 after experiencing his first episode of psychosis.

Gabriel Messo was violently assaulting his unconscious mother when a Victoria police officer shot him three times in the chest. (Nine)

Over the years, he went through periods where he stopped taking his medications and experienced delusions, telling his friends that he needed to “eliminate” people because he was on a mission from God.

On July 15, the day before his death, Gabriel was arrested following an incident on his uncle’s property.

He was taken to hospital under police surveillance as he appeared to be drugged or in a psychotic episode.

Gabriel was deemed fit for interview and released to Broadmeadows Police Station later that day before being released on bail.

The crime scene in Gladstone Park, Victoria. (Nine)

The 30-year-old man attacked his mother on the John Coutts Reservation the next day.

An autopsy found that there were no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his death.

Solicitor assisting coroner Ben Ihle QC said the inquest would look into Gabriel’s mental health treatment, his arrest on July 15 and the actions of Victoria police.

Nineteen witnesses, including police officers, nurses and family members, will testify in the investigation, which is expected to last nine days.

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