A mother and her four children were able to escape from a Brisbane home where a man wielding a gun was shot dead by officers, police say.
- Police confirmed the man was shot twice by a senior constable
- It was the second police shooting in the southeast on Sunday
- The union says both men received first aid
Police received calls about the gunman at an address in Stretton around 7pm on Sunday.
Detective Superintendent Andrew Massingham said the 43-year-old allegedly advanced towards officers with a “large metal sharpening file”.
“The man intended and was highly motivated to injure one of our officers,” he said.
He said there had been a “rapidly evolving situation of domestic violence” between the man and his wife.
“Due to the dramatic nature of the man and his behavior, the woman locked him in the garage,” he said.
“At that time, some of the children fled into the garden and were hiding behind bushes and seeking help from neighbors.”
He said police arrived within three minutes of receiving the call and cordoned off the area. The garage doors leading to the outside were opened when the police arrived.
“Moments later, the man ran down the incline of the driveway toward an officer who was standing on the left side,” he said.
‘Tragedy for all involved’
Superintendent Massingham said the man very quickly confronted the senior constable and the officer fired his weapon, hitting the man in the hip.
“After being struck, the man then rushed towards the officer with the tool. The officer then fired a second time, hitting the attacker in the left shoulder. attacker threw the tool at the officer. He missed,” he added. he said.
The children, aged 7 to 14, were removed from the scene as soon as possible, along with the 41-year-old woman.
“It is indeed a tragedy for everyone involved,” he said.
He said there had been no previous calls to the address by police.
“So the motivation around what happened here last night is just not clear at this point.”
Queensland Police Union chairman Ian Leavers said the use of guns was a last resort.
“They had no choice but to use their firearm…and the police immediately used their tactical first aid kits and administered first aid,” he said.
“We don’t want to use our guns, it’s an absolute last resort, but we will do everything we can to preserve life and try to protect people.”
The man was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital in serious but stable condition.
It was the second police shooting on Sunday, after police shot another man they believe was wielding a knife on the Gold Coast.
He was taken to hospital in critical condition, but Mr Leavers said both men needed to recover from their injuries.