WE HAD TO SHOOT

Com­muters caught in drama as cops kill man

The Courier-Mail - - FRONT PAGE - TALISA ELEY

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.

Pic­ture: Rob Williams

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.

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