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Scene of a siege near Cairns on Sunday. Photo Queensland Police Service Facebook.

A man was been shot by police yesterday following a siege near Cairns.

Police say that at around 4.30am on Sunday, a man allegedly attempted to break into an infrastructure facility off the Captain Cook Highway at Palm Cove.

The man was disturbed by a nearby resident and left the scene. As he was leaving in his car, police say he deliberately collided with a police vehicle attending the incident.

Officers immediately requested further assistance and multiple crews responded.

A short time later at Smithfield the man allegedly deliberately veered towards a police officer on the side of the road.

As a result, a 26-year-old constable suffered a suspected broken wrist and other non-life-threatening injuries.

The man’s vehicle stopped on the Captain Cook Highway at Yorkeys Knob where he set it on fire.

Shot at police

As police approached, the man produced a firearm and allegedly discharged a shot towards officers prior to running from his vehicle.

Police established a cordon around an area to the west of the Captain Cook Highway to contain the man.

While trying to identify the man’s whereabouts among the long grass, several shots were fired towards police and a helicopter.

At around 3.15pm, it will be alleged the man was in waist-deep water, some reports say this was crocodile-infested water, and raised the firearm towards police. As a result, the man was critically injured when police returned fire.

The man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This matter is under investigation by Ethical Standards Command on behalf of the State Coroner. That investigation is subject to oversight by the Crime and Corruption Commission.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.


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