The scene of the crash. Photo: Jacky Ghossein
A man shot dead by police after he stole a truck and drove it erratically through Sydney streets had methamphetamine and cannabis in his system, an inquest has heard.
Mark David Bennett, 46, was shot in the chest and neck in inner-city Redfern on November 23, 2012, after he stole a flatbed ute and crashed it into a pub and a power pole, causing debris to fall and knocking a woman to the ground.
The inquest, which began on Monday, heard that Senior Constable Damian Livermore and another police officer called out numerous times for Mr Bennett to stop.
But the ute allegedly lurched towards Constable Livermore.
"The truck appears to lurch forward towards Constable Livermore just before he fired the first shot through the windscreen," counsel assisting the coroner Simon Buchen told the inquest.
"That shot hit Mr Bennett in the chest."
A second shot grazed his shoulder and neck, and Mr Bennett died at the scene.
The truck crashed into the Raize Hotel near Redfern police station.
Footage shown at the inquest showed the truck hitting a pole, causing debris to fall in front of a woman and knocking her to the ground.
Later the truck is seen to turn left down a street, shortly before two gunshots are heard in quick succession.
In yet another CCTV footage angle, Constable Livermore is seen standing in front of the truck with his gun raised, before it moves forward and two shots are fired.
The truck rolls past the constable and out of sight.
The inquest heard Mr Bennett was agitated leading up to his death, and was also described as off colour and stressed.
He told his de facto partner "it was his pay day and he was going to get his medications".
"There was a significant read for methamphetamine in Mr Bennett's toxicology report," Mr Buchen said.
The hearings before magistrate Sharon Freund continue.