A man in Sydney’s western suburbs who allegedly swam into Sydney Zoo in a bid to play a prank on two prized emus has been charged with resisting arrest and fighting an officer.

David Charles Lawler, 23, was charged with two counts of resisting a police officer.

He was arrested and flown to central Sydney where he was charged with resisting an officer.

Both charges relate to police arriving to arrest Lawler during a high security commotion on Sydney’s North Shore yesterday.

Two of the Hawks had reportedly swum over the pool fence to the aquarium’s lagoon after being accosted by club-goers.

He admitted to the charges after being interviewed by police.

Police said they waited to arrest him before two “significant numbers” of protesters moved towards them and one protester was caught on camera attacking the arrest team.

It is believed police forced Lawler out of the lagoon and into a restricted area of the enclosure, where he then jumped to his death into the water where there was currently an inflatable bubble.

Lawler was found deceased at the scene.

His body was discovered some three hours later about 6:00pm.

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