Teen shot by po­lice

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND po­lice yes­ter­day shot a 16-year-old boy at a home south­west of Bris­bane. Two of­fi­cers opened fire at the boy af­ter he al­legedly threat­ened them with a knife at the home on Danube Street, Spring­field just be­fore 2.30pm.

De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Brian Swan said the of­fi­cers were called to the home af­ter re­ports of a dis­tur­bance.

“On ar­rival po­lice took up with the fam­ily mem­bers there and on try­ing to en­ter the house were con­fronted by a young per­son, a 16-year-old male armed with a knife,” Det Supt Swan said. “The po­lice of­fi­cers drew their firearms and the young per­son was shot once, we be­lieve.”

The boy was taken to the Princess Alexan­dria Hos­pi­tal in a se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion with a non-life threat­en­ing gun­shot wound to his up­per body. Det Supt Swan said both po­lice of­fi­cers were un­der­stood to have fired their weapons.

Po­lice union pres­i­dent Ian Leavers sup­ported the of­fi­cers in­volved and said it was a dif­fi­cult time for them as well as the boy’s fam­ily, who were be­ing in­ter­viewed. Po­lice said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the in­ci­dent will be con­ducted by the Eth­i­cal Stan­dards Com­mand.

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