Police on the scene at  Yandina Coolum Rd. Photo Darryn Smith / Sunshine Coast Daily
Police on the scene at Yandina Coolum Rd. Photo Darryn Smith / Sunshine Coast Daily Darryn Smith

Officer who shot machete-wielding man ‘had no choice’

THE Queensland Police Union was on the scene of a double murder at Coolum within hours to show support for an officer who shot dead a machete-wielding man on the footpath of a suburban street.

Police arrived at Yandina-Coolum Rd for a routine call out but it ended as they could never had expected.

Witnesses say a man armed with a machete and possibly a knife lunged at the police who had no choice but to open fire.

Police union president Ian Leavers said the two police officers were just starting their shift when they had a call out for a domestic matter about 10pm.

Police on the scene of a double homicide and police shooting on Yandina Coolum Road, Coolum Beach. Photo Darryn Smith / Sunshine Coast Daily
Police on the scene of a double homicide and police shooting on Yandina Coolum Road, Coolum Beach. Photo Darryn Smith / Sunshine Coast Daily Darryn Smith

He said the more experienced officer, who had been in the force for 10 years, had no choice but to open fire when the man, believed to be the brother of one of the deceased, approached police with a machete in his hand.

A witness said the man ran at the officers.

Mr Leavers said the more senior officer shot the man to protect himself and his colleague.

Mr Leavers said police never wanted to be put in that situation and only resorted to using their weapon as a last resort.

"They are doing it very tough at the moment," he said of the officers.

Mr Leavers said the senior constable was himself a family man with a wife and two children.

He said the officers had spent the night being interviewed by officers from the Police Ethical Standards Command.

"It will live with the police officers for the rest of their lives," Mr Leavers said.

A Police Media spokesman said under the Criminal Code and Police Powers and Responsibilities Act, police had the right to use force in circumstances where they feared death or grievous bodily harm.

He said all police underwent the same training at the Police Academy and annual firearms training and operational skills tactics training was undertaken to keep officers up to date.

Neighbours reported hearing up to five shots fired, but police did not confirm how many shots were fired or whether one or two officers shot the man.

The Ethical Standards Command has interviewed both officers and the Coroner was also investigating the deaths.



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