POLICE have confirmed the man shot dead by a security guard outside a Gold Coast tavern was carrying a fake gun.
The 46-year-old man was armed with a replica 9mm pistol when he ambushed a guard delivering cash to the Highland Park Tavern on Monday morning.
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A struggle ensued between the pair and police say the guard from Border Security acted instinctively when he fired several shots.
Channel Nine revealed last night that the man was a father-of-five from Coomera and a former employee of the security company.
He suffered a number of life-threatening gunshot wounds and died at the scene.
At the request of the family, his identify will not be released.
It is unlikely the guard will be charged.
Border Security have extended their support to all those affected by the shooting in a statement released on Tuesday afternoon.
“At this point, our focus and priority is on the welfare of our staff, particularly those involved in yesterday’s unfortunate and traumatic incident,” the statement reads.
“Whilst our guard was visibly upset and traumatised … he has our full and unconditional support and is receiving counselling and assistance to get through this difficult time.”
Both the security guard and the family of the deceased have requested privacy.