A police officer has been forced to open fire after a man slashed her partner across the face with a knife in a terrifying encounter in Brisbane’s souhside.
It’s understood the officers attended a home in Mount Gravatt around 5.00pm on Wednesday to serve domestic violence paperwork when the violence unfolded.
Detective Superintendent Tony Flemming told reporters the officers were confronted by a man armed with a knife who allegedly lashed out at the male officer, slashing his face.
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The officer’s partner then opened fire, shooting the man at least three times.
“The officers did their best to retreat, we are lucky it was not worse than it is,” Superintendent Fleming said.
“It is very sad and unfortunate two people have been wounded and in serious conditions.”
Detective Superintendent Flemming said the officers knocking on the door of a home to serve documents was a routine matter.
“Two police from an inquiry office turning up at a house is an everyday event,” he said.
“What followed is not an everyday event.”
The man, aged in his 20s, was rushed to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
The injured policeman was also hospitalised with serious injuries to his face, however they are thankfully believed to be non-life threatening.
The incident is under investigation by the Ethical Standards Command.