Wednesday August 28 2013
– It can be revealed that a man shot dead by police had at least 99 serious violent criminal convictions.
Vlado Micetic, 44, was gunned down after allegedly confronting a highway patrol senior constable with a flick knife, after being pulled over in Windsor on Sunday night for driving with stolen number plates.
The career criminal has prior convictions dating back to the 1980s, including attempted armed robbery, aggravated burglary, being armed with offensive weapons, in possession of a stolen or unregistered firearm, recklessly causing injury and beating a woman and leaving her for dead.
His victim suffered a fractured skull, ruptured ear drums and broken nose.
Micetic, from St Albans, also posed as a sergeant in the police Special Operations Group, producing a police badge to gain entry to a property and search for a “snub-nosed revolver”.
He once produced what appeared to be a gun, waving it around, in a bid to rob the Beaconsfield Hotel in St Kilda.
A psychiatrist who assessed Micetic said he might have suffered from a “paranoid psychosis consisting of persecutory delusions involving a widespread conspiracy to kill”, which was “perhaps the consequence of long-term abuse of psychogenic substances”.
The assessment said he had “a tendency to slip into substance abuse when levels of stress run high” with psychiatric problems “much exacerbated by drug abuse”.
His Facebook account is littered with pictures of guns and bullets, and his Twitter account details rumblings and messages to stars Lady Gaga, Pink, Shakira, Brad Pitt, Mel Gibson and Jessica Gomes.
A sentencing judge described Micetic, who spat on the floor as he was led from the court, as having “a remarkable history of offending”.
However, Micetic had his sentence reduced on appeal at least twice.
On Sunday, he was driving a white two-door Hyundai with false number plates when he was pulled over on Union Street, Windsor at 10:40pm.
The senior constable was allegedly confronted by Micetic when the officer drew his gun and fired three shots into his upper body.
A woman in the Hyundai fled and remains on the run. Police say they know who she is and have urged her to contact them.
Police were continuing to review footage of the incident from the senior constable’s car and CCTV from nearby buildings.
The homicide squad and Professional Standards Command are investigating.
Police will prepare a report for the Coroner – Jon Kaila