Probe launched as cops kill pa­tient un­der guard Pris­oner turned vi­o­lent be­fore of­fi­cer opened fire

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - FRONT PAGE - SO­PHIE CHIRGWIN

A MAN who was un­der po­lice guard was shot dead late last night at a south­east Queens­land hospi­tal af­ter be­com­ing vi­o­lent to­wards an of­fi­cer.

The Sun­day Mail un­der­stands the man had been ar­rested on Fri­day and was in cus­tody at the po­lice watch house when he al­legedly faked ill­ness and had to be taken to Ip­swich Hospi­tal yes­ter­day.

It is be­lieved the man then be­came vi­o­lent to­wards one of the of- fi­cers be­fore he was shot about 9pm. The man was treated by hospi­tal emer­gency staff at the scene but died from his in­juries.

The po­lice of­fi­cer who opened fire was later treated for facial in­juries.

A po­lice source said of­fi­cers had no choice but to shoot the man.

“Po­lice had to use lethal force,” the source said.

Eth­i­cal Stan­dards Com­mand launched an ur­gent in­ves­ti­ga­tion on be­half of the State Coro­ner.

Com­mis­sioner Ian Ste­wart was last night in­formed of the in­ci­dent, while the of­fi­cers in­volved were ex­pected to be in­ter­viewed overnight.

The shooting comes just a year af­ter a coro­ner rec­om­mended train­ing for of­fi­cers to help them deal with peo­ple suf­fer­ing men­tal health is­sues af­ter an in­quest ex­am­ined a spate of po­lice shoot­ings. SEE COURIERMAIL.COM.AU FOR THE LAT­EST DE­VEL­OP­MENTS

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