UPDATE @ September 17, 8.00 AM | IPSWICH train station remains closed this morning after a man was shot dead by police.
It’s understood the 24-year-old man, who was armed with a knife, was killed after reportedly confronting police with the weapon on Sunday afternoon.
Train services remain suspended in Ipswich with buses being called in to transport passengers between Thomas Street and Bundamba stations.
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“Customers, please be advised that buses will continue to operate between Bundamba and Thomas Street stations tomorrow Monday 17 September,” Queensland Rail said in a statement.
IPSWICH / ROSEWOOD LINE UPDATE: Customers, please be advised that buses will continue to operate between Bundamba and Thomas Street stations tomorrow Monday 17 September. If you require assistance, please feel free to contact us as we are online and available to assist.
— Queensland Rail (@QueenslandRail) September 16, 2018
The matter is now under investigation by Ethical Standards Command on behalf of the State Coroner.
The investigation will be subject to oversight by the Crime and Corruption Commission.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident and left the scene before speaking with police is being urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
EARLIER at September 16, 7:00PM | A MAN has been shot dead by police after threatening them and members of the public with a knife at Ipswich railway station, west of Brisbane, it has been confirmed.
It’s understood the man, believed to be aged in his 40s, had been threatening people at the train station on Sunday afternoon and refused to drop the weapon when police arrived.
The armed man then reportedly began lunging at officers, leaving them with no choice but to draw their guns and open fire, shooting him dead at the scene.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday night, Acting Superintendent Mel Adams said the confrontation was “brief” and played out in front of commuters on the station platform.
“The male person was shot by police and unfortunately is deceased,” Act Supt Adams said.
“The incident took place on the train station platform [and] there were a number of witnesses.
“It’s really a tragedy here this Sunday afternoon.”
Thankfully, no bystanders were injured during the incident, which unfolded about 4.15pm.
An investigation is now underway to determine exactly what happened and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.
The Ethical Standards Command has arrived on the scene and will oversee the investigation.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident and left the scene before speaking with police is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
FIRST at 5:00PM | A MAN has reportedly been shot by police in front of shocked commuters at a train station west of Brisbane.
It’s understood officers were forced to open fire after being confronted by a man armed with a knife outside Ipswich Central about 4.15pm on Sunday.
There are reports the man allegedly threatened a number of people at the station before police arrived.
The man’s condition is not known. Police are yet to address the media.
Thankfully, no bystanders are believed to have been injured.
It’s understood a train packed with passengers had just pulled into the station when the shooting occurred.
Police have cordoned off the area and are urging people to stay away.
“Please avoid Ipswich railway station due to a police incident. Police are blocking the entrance,” the Queensland Police Service said on Twitter.
Queensland Rail has advised trains are suspended in both directions in the area, with buses being brought in to ferry customers between affected stations.
No further information was available at the time of writing.
— Mac Lyon (@MacLyon7) September 16, 2018
Please avoid Ipswich railway station due to a police incident. Police are blocking the entrance. pic.twitter.com/lWnREtS51g
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) September 16, 2018