Man, 72, shot by police was allegedly armed, throwing rocks at paramedics

A MAN in his 70s has been shot by police during a disturbance at a house at Logan, north of the Gold Coast.

The dramatic scenes unfolded in a driveway outside a house on Station Road at Woodridge on Sunday afternoon.

It’s understood ambulance officers had been called to the address in relation to a mental health issue but when they arrived, were greeted by a 72-year-old man brandishing two knives.


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Police were dispatched soon after when a 72-year-old man allegedly threatened paramedics with the knives and started throwing rocks at them.

One of five officers who responded to the scene discharged his firearm and fired a single bullet at the man.

The 72-year-old was shot in the shoulder and is being treated at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

It’s understood the elderly man’s condition has since deteriorated and he is now listed as critical.

Speaking at the scene, Inspector Jim Plowman said police were left with no other choice but to shoot the man.

“… [the] 72-year-old male threw a number of rocks at [emergency services] and he also produced two knives, threatening the safety of those personnel there,” Inspector Plowman said.

“… the officer had no option other than to discharge his firearm … it’s an unfortunate incident for all concerned.

“The officer certainly didn’t come to work today intending to shoot anybody but it is always an occupational hazard and sometimes, although we try to take every action to avoid such things, sometimes there are no other options.”

The Ethical Standards Command has been tasked to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.


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