WE HAD TO SHOOT
Commuters caught in drama as cops kill man
SHOCKED commuters watched on as police shot dead a knifewielding man at an Ipswich train station yesterday afternoon.
The police union said three officers involved in a “very brief’’ confrontation with the man in his 40s were “simply doing their job”.
COMMUTERS looked on as a man armed with a knife was shot dead by police on an Ipswich train station platform yesterday.
Acting Superintendent Melissa Adams said three police officers were involved in a “very brief” confrontation before the shooting.
The man, aged in his 40s, was standing on a station platform when the incident occurred, she said.
“Shortly after 4pm this afternoon, police had cause to attend the Ipswich railway station,” Superintendent Adams said.
“They were confronted by a male person … that male person was shot by police and unfortunately that male person is deceased.”
Superintendent Adams said investigations were at a very early stage and there were a number of witnesses on the platform who detectives needed to speak with.
She described the situation as a “tragedy”.
At 7pm last night the Ethical Standards unit was just beginning their investigation and was expected to be at the scene overnight, and into the morning.
Commuters who use the Ipswich line are being told to keep an eye on updates on services today.
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers confirmed a report would be prepared for the coroner.
He said the officers involved were “simply doing their job” at the time and were “quite shaken” by the shooting, which happened at 4.15pm yesterday.
Mr Leavers s said police offi- cers use their r firearms as a last t resort, but t would not be d drawn on whether a taser had been deployed first.
The Courier-Mail understands the shooting happened just as a train pulled into the station, leaving com- muters in the centre of the unfolding drama.
A police spokesman said no bystanders were injured.
Buses transported passengers while the train line remained suspended last night.
EMERGENCY: Paramedics on the scene at Ipswich train station yesterday.
EMERGENCY SITUATION: Police and ambulance units attend Ipswich train station yesterday where a man was fatally shot.