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Fatal Qld shooting: police ‘had no choice’

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Police say two experienced officers had no choice but to open fire after a man came at them with a knife after a domestic disturbance on the Gold Coast.

The fatal shooting on Monday evening is the second in the state in two days and the third in a week.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Steve Hollands says officers called to the disturbance at the Southport home found a man and a woman fighting and ordered the man to stop.

‘He then came at the police with a knife and the police were then put in a position where they had to defend themselves,’ he said.

The man, believed to be aged in his 30s, was declared dead at the scene.

Mr Hollands said the two officers were from the Gold Coast dog squad and were “very experienced”.

‘The officers are very shaken,’ he said.
Parts of the area around the Nakina Street home remain closed on Tuesday as the police investigation continues.

The shooting will also be investigated by the police ethical standards command.

Before Monday’s shooting there were already calls for an inquiry into police shootings in Queensland.

This year there have been six, with four of them fatal.

The previous incident came just a day earlier on Sunday, when police shot dead a 51-year-old man on the Sunshine Coast.

In that case it’s also alleged the man came at officers with a weapon after a domestic disturbance.

And last Tuesday a 33-year-old man was fatally wounded when police opened fire after he allegedly lunged at them with a knife at Kippa-Ring, north of Brisbane.

Australian Council for Civil Liberties president Terry O’Gorman has called for an independent investigation into the spate of police shootings.

He said a similar one in Victoria resulted in good reforms, including more rigorous police training.

FATAL POLICE SHOOTINGS IN QUEENSLAND IN 2014

* Nov 24: Police kill a man came at them with a knife after a domestic disturbance on the Gold Coast.

* Nov 23: Police kill a man who came at them with an unspecified weapon after a domestic dispute on the Sunshine Coast.

* Nov 18: Police shoot dead a man who allegedly lunged at them with a knife after they went to a home at Kippa-Ring, north of Brisbane, to investigate a series of hoax triple-0 calls.
* Sept 29: Police shoot dead a gunman after he allegedly threatened them during a lengthy stand-off outside an Inala unit block in Brisbane.

 


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Before the dreamers and do-gooders start on about a police force that doesn’t need to carry guns, they have to accept that tasers don’t always work, especially when an assailant is in a drug-induced state of hostility. I’m sure we don’t expect our coppers to risk being stabbed by crazed individuals, so a gun has to be the weapon of first choice.

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