UPDATE at 12:50 PM | A MAN has been run over by a car after being gunned down by police in front of horrified motorists following a dramatic high-speed pursuit on the Bruce Highway, north of Brisbane.
The 23-year-old is accused of carjacking a man at knifepoint at Hervey Bay shortly before 6.30am before driving the victim’s Holden Colorado ute to Tinana, in Maryborough.
There, it’s alleged the armed man dumped the stolen ute before breaking into a home on Three Mile Road West just before 8am and attacking a woman inside.
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The woman, who is believed to be pregnant and aged in her 30s, refused to comply and was stabbed in the hand during a struggle, police said.
That’s when it’s alleged the knife-wielding offender pulled out a gun and fired a number of shots before fleeing the scene.
It’s then alleged the armed man carjacked a white sedan from a man at a nearby home on River Road and drove it south along the Bruce Highway at speed before crashing in a roadwork zone at Tiaro.
The 23-year-old man behind the wheel of the sedan continued driving south through Gympie and along the Bruce Highway through the Sunshine Coast, police said.
Witnesses told the Sunshine Coast Daily they saw up to 10 police cars chasing the stolen car.
It was eventually intercepted on the highway at Parklands, near Nambour, about 10am.
In a statement a short time ago, Queensland Police confirmed specialist officers shot the armed man after he allegedly threatened them with a gun.
The man was then subsequently struck by a passing vehicle towing a caravan as he tried running across the highway.
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The man was treated by a team of paramedics at the scene before being rushed by ambulance to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital under a police escort.
He remains in a serious condition, police said.
The Bruce Highway was closed in both directions following the incident but has since reopened.
A critical incident investigation into the police response is now underway and will be overseen by the Ethical Standards Command and the Crime and Corruption Commission.
FIRST at 11:00 AM | A MAN has been rushed to hospital after reportedly being shot by police during a dramatic high speed car chase along the Bruce Highway on the Sunshine Coast.
It’s understood police had been tracking the man following an early morning crime spree in the Wide Bay area.
The man is believed to have stolen a vehicle from Hervey Bay about 6.30am before driving it 30km to Maryborough where it’s alleged he dumped the car before carjacking a woman outside a home in Tinana.
It’s alleged the man assaulted the woman before stealing her car and driving it south along the Bruce Highway.
The woman, who is believed to be pregnant, sustained an injury to her hand.
There are reports the mum-to-be may have been stabbed.
BREAKING: An armed man is on the run after an alleged carjacking at a #herveybay resort. Police say he then drove to Tinana and allegedly attacked a woman at a rural property. #9News @9NewsWideBay @9NewsQueensland pic.twitter.com/5SRf0zbeuu
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Police pursued the stolen sedan along the highway before intercepting it near Nambour, 180km from Hervey Bay, where it’s understood the man, who is believed to have been armed, was shot by police.
Witnesses told the Sunshine Coast Daily they saw more than 10 police cars chasing the stolen car.
The driver was treated by a team of paramedics on the highway before being rushed to hospital under a police escort.
The man’s condition is not known.
The Bruce Highway remains blocked in both directions while police respond.
BREAKING: A man may have been shot following a police chase north of Brisbane. Police had been searching for an armed man after a number of cars were stolen in the Wide Bay district. More: 7news.link/jnuOV3 #7NEWS
Posted by 7NEWS Brisbane on Tuesday, July 9, 2019
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