Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett addresses the media after police opened fire on a civilian on the evening of December 11, 2014
Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett addresses the media after police opened fire on a civilian on the evening of December 11, 2014

Latest police shooting to be examined by ethics board

A POLICE shooting in Brisbane has been referred to the Ethical Standards Command for review.

Queensland Police deputy commissioner Ross Barnett told a press conference on Friday morning where he said the police shooting on Thursday night would be investigated.

Mr Barnett said two police officers, one a first year constable, had been responded to a "domestic situation" at the Ashgrove home where a man in his 40s man confronted them with a serrated hunting knife.
 

 

He said the man then grabbed a large "machete-style" weapon and charged at the officers who Mr Barnett said were retreating.

The man got within 20m of the officers who opened fire - hitting him multiple times.

The man is in a critical condition in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

"We understand community concern whenever firearms are used by police," Mr Barnett said.

"That is why the investigations into incidents like this by the Ethical Standard Command and the coroner are comprehensive and independent."

 


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