FEAR for his rookie colleague's life prompted Senior Constable Adam Tickner to shoot an enraged man who he thought was brandishing a sword.
Snr Const Tickner yesterday described seeing Edward Wayne Logan's focus change from him to partner Constable Jamieson Wood after being chased by the 50-year-old shortly after arriving at a Tewantin dispute on November 23 last year.
Both officers had their pistols drawn, but that did not stop Edward's advance.
Const Wood was in a siring stance and pulled the trigger on his Glock pistol.
Snr Const Tickner, who had 20 years of police experience, did the same.
Const Wood, who was seven months into his first year as an officer, then fired a final third shot.
It was the first time both officers had fired their guns in the line of duty.
They gave evidence at Maroochydore Courthouse yesterday to a Coroner's inquest into Edward's death.
Both of them said they had feared Edward would kill them.
Snr Const Tickner's police roles included training first year officers, which was why he had Const Wood with him on the day of the shooting.
It was only once Edward was fatally injured on the ground Snr Const Tickner realised the weapon brandished was a metal bar.
He tended to Edward but had other worries.
"I had serious concerns there were people either injured or killed inside the house," Snr Const Tickner said.
He was soon able to sweep the home from where the 000 calls had come but no one was inside.
They had fled over a back fence to a neighbour's property.
Snr Const noticed two men come out the front, both of whom had fled Edward's rage.
One of them was Edward's son Thomas Logan.
"He (Thomas) said 'that's my father'," Snr Const Tickner said.
"I hope you killed the ****.
"He is a violent *****."
Snr Const said using a taser was not an option.
"If I had of missed I would have been dead.
"It is as simple as that."
Snr Const Tickner said the process which officers went through after a critical incident needed to be refined.
He said greater support for officers between the incident and being interviewed needed attention.
Coroner Terry Ryan gave insight into what his findings would be when he said he had no reason to find against evidence the officers' actions were lawful, justified and tactically sound.
Mr Ryan indicated he would also find the same for the officers involved in the Coolum shooting of Anthony Young on August 21, 2013.
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