A wounded bikie associate shot by police in suburban Brisbane continued advancing on officers until they fired a second time, bringing him to the ground, an inquest has been told.
Liam Scorsese taunted police to "just shoot me" before he was fatally shot in February 2018, Brisbane Coroners Court heard on Thursday.
Police were called after Mr Scorsese flew into an uncontrolled rage while locked out of his girlfriend Chireez Beytell's family home at Wakerley, in east Brisbane.
Officers Damon Till and Michelle Reed both said Mr Scorsese was armed with a knife went they arrived at the family's home.
The officers warned Mr Scorsese to drop the weapon and get on the ground, only for him to close in as he hurled verbal abuse at them.
Constable Till fired his Taser to stop Mr Scorsese, the barbs hitting him in the chest but to no effect as the 31-year-old ripped the wires out before kicking the patrol car.
Both officers told the inquest they feared for their lives as they drew their service weapons, urging Mr Scorsese to drop the weapon as he followed their attempted retreat to safety.
"He closed the gap from about five metres to about two-and-a-half metres in a very short time," Const Till said.
"He was going to stab me - his demeanour changed, his eyes changed, the way he moved, his facial expression and he kept saying 'f****** kill me, just shoot me".
"I said words to the effect, 'don't make me do this' ... at that stage I shot Mr Scorsese. I didn't even know if I had hit him."
The victim reeled from the bullet's impact but still refused to drop the knife, closing in on Const Till a second time.
It was then the officer fired the second shot, forcing Mr Scorsese to drop the weapon as he fell to the ground.
Under cross-examination, Const Till admitted Ms Scorsese had not actually threatened to kill him, but said the intention was clear.
"He was armed with a knife, aggressive and threatening toward me. He was going to stab me. That's why I shot him, to stop the threat."
Witness Stephen Joughlin had been waiting for a delivery at his home when he heard shouting coming from around the corner.
He saw a police car speed past and walked to see what was happening.
As he rounded the corner he saw the backs of two police officers backing away with their guns drawn.
Mr Joughlin ran to his home and heard two loud "'pops".
He then heard a male officer ask his partner: "What could I do, he had a knife?"
She replied: "'Nothing."
Critically, a body-worn camera operated by one of the officers failed to activate and did not capture the shooting, the inquest was told.
After Mr Scorsese was shot, police and emergency services applied first aid until paramedics arrived and took him to hospital. He died an hour later.
The inquest was told Mr Scorsese struggled with drug abuse and mental health issues in the months before the shooting and told family he was hearing voices.
Queensland Corrective Services assistant commissioner Sarah Hyde said Mr Scorsese, who was on parole, had been receiving appropriate treatment for his mental health issues.
Coroner Terry Ryan will explore whether the police response was justified and their use of body cameras after Const Till's unit failed to work.
He will also examine whether adequate mental health support was available to Mr Scorsese.
The inquest has closed for final submissions on Friday.
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