Neighbours say shot man charged at police with 'pole'

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The man was shot in the street on Outlook Dr just after 2pm, in an incident now being investigated by the Ethical Standards Command.

It was the fourth police shooting incident in Queensland this year.

A woman living in a nearby street, who did not wish to be named, said the man had gone on a rampage with a sledgehammer.

She said he was the father of the man who lived in the house with his girlfriend and young baby.

"He was smashing everything, cars and the house (where his son lived)," she said.

"The family got out (of the house) before he was shot.

"He charged at the police with a pole with wire on it."

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HOW THE DRAMA UNFOLDED

Police shot and killed a 51 year old man on Outlook Drive at Tewantin after the man allegedly had a weapon. Photo: Cade Mooney / Sunshine Coast Daily
Police shot and killed a 51 year old man on Outlook Drive at Tewantin after the man allegedly had a weapon. Photo: Cade Mooney / Sunshine Coast Daily Cade Mooney

The woman said she heard three gunshots in quick succession followed by "blood-curdling screams".

She said she'd been told the officer who shot the man had only been in the job for seven months, though police were unable to confirm this.

Neighbour Brett Larcombe said he had heard the man was brandishing a knife.

"There were three gunshots and then it was all over. There was one person in the back of an ambulance and a dead body on the ground," he said.

"I saw them take the police officer away with his head in his hands. He looked a bit distressed, wouldn't look around at all and kept his head down with his hands over his face.

"You don't think it's going to happen in your backyard; it's pretty tragic really to come to that," he said.

Police shot and killed a 51 year old man on Outlook Drive at Tewantin after the man allegedly had a weapon. Photo: Cade Mooney / Sunshine Coast Daily
Police shot and killed a 51 year old man on Outlook Drive at Tewantin after the man allegedly had a weapon. Photo: Cade Mooney / Sunshine Coast Daily Cade Mooney

The area was blocked off well into the night as forensic investigators and detectives awaited the arrival of the coroner from Brisbane to assess the scene.

Acting superintendent inspector John Bosnjak said two male police officers attended the call to a disturbance at 2pm but could not confirm if one or both of the officers had discharged their weapons.

Insp Bosnjak confirmed the dead man was from interstate and was related to the occupants of the house.

"The issue is quite complex and there is a lot of work that needs to be done," he said.

"This is quite a traumatic time for the family and the police.

"I do feel for my people and obviously feel for the family of the deceased male."

 


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