POLICE seemed to do "nothing but shoot" a mentally ill man who was stabbing himself in the throat, his father told an inquest yesterday. "My son had a knife at his own throat - how was he going to hurt anyone else?" Adrian Salter asked at Glebe Coroners Court. "I was the only one to do anything to stop him." Adam Salter, 36, was shot by Sergeant Sheree Bissett in the kitchen of his father's Lakemba home in November 2009. The inquest was told police and paramedics responded to reports Mr Salter, who had a history of depression, psychosis and schizophrenia, was cutting himself with a knife. Paramedic Cheri Lutz said she was treating Mr Salter on the floor but he started ripping out his medical tubes. When his father tried to restrain him, he "pushed him aside" and got the knife. "He then started stabbing himself in the throat with the knife, probably three or four times," she said. "I heard someone yell 'Taser' in a loud voice and shortly after that there was a loud bang," Ms Lutz said. "Initially I just assumed he had been tasered because of what she called out." But she realised very quickly Mr Salter had been shot and began to help him. Mr Salter said his son was not waving the knife around but was moving it towards himself in an attempt to stab himself, after he unexpectedly got up from the floor. He said he knew he was going to the sink to get the knife, so he tried to stop him when he realised police were not going to intervene. "They did not seem to do anything except shoot him," Mr Salter said. The inquest continues. The cunt won't try that again!