Man with critical head injury after police push him away

OFFICERS from the Ethical Standards Command are overviewing an investigation initiated in the Mt Isa District after a man, who allegedly threatened officers attending a disturbance at Normanton, suffered critical head injuries last night.

Preliminary information indicates that police were called to a Sutherland Street residence around 7.30pm after receiving calls about a disturbance.

It will be alleged the man, after seeing police arrest a woman who had thrown a bottle of alcohol at them, approached police acting aggressively and threatening them.

The man fell backwards striking his head on the roadway when police attempted to push him away to avoid personal injury.

Officers immediately provided first aid and an ambulance was called.

The man, a 52-year-old man from Normanton, was transported to Normanton Hospital before being transferred to the Townsville Hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

The Crime and Corruption Commission has been advised of the injury in custody investigation.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.



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