Armed man shot dead at police station

SHOOTING SCENE
Police have shot dead a man at a Townsville police station. Picture: NewsWire / Gaye Gerard

Police have shot dead a man who allegedly threatened officers with a knife at a Townsville police station.

Queensland Police say they have no idea why the 46-year-old from the suburb of Cranbrook man went to Kirwan Police Station about 10pm on Saturday and threatened officers with a knife.

During the confrontation, two constables shot and tasered the man, Detective Acting Superintendent Jason Brosnan said.

He said the man was allegedly armed with a ‘regular’ knife when he approached the front door of the 24-hour police station.

“The officers from inside have responded and challenged him just in front of the station,” he said.

“One officer has produced a firearm, the other officer has produced a taser.

Police shot dead a man armed with a knife outside the Kirwan Police Station in Townsville on Saturday night. Picture : Supplied
Police shot dead a man armed with a knife outside the Kirwan Police Station in Townsville on Saturday night. Picture: Supplied

“Both the taser and firearm have discharged when the male failed to comply with direction.

“He was shot twice.

“There were two officers involved in the critical incident, two further officers have then come out from the station and provided tactical first aid immediately after.”

Detective Acting Superintendent Brosnan said the man wasn’t known to police and they don’t know why he went to the station.

“He has no involvement with police whatsoever,” he said.

Ethical Standards Command will investigate the incident with oversight by the Crime and Corruption Commission.

“We would rather have had de-escalated the situation,” Detective Acting Superintendent Brosnan said.

“Unfortunately, at times, we are not given that opportunity and have to use lethal force.

“It’s not something that we do lightly, it’s something we would rather avoid.”

Counselling has been provided to the dead man’s family, and the officers involved are being offered support.

Body-worn footage from the officers involved and CCTV from the station would form part of the investigation.

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