The ethical standards command has launched an investigation after a gunman was shot dead by police in a dramatic siege north of Cairns yesterday.
The Ethical Standards Command has launched an investigation after a gunman was shot dead by police in a dramatic siege north of Cairns.
The stand-off lasted more than 10 hours when the man allegedly tried to break into a Palm Cove facility at 4.30am yesterday.
He is accused of driving at a police car, before striking an officer on the side of the road.
The 26-year-old constable was taken to Cairns Hospital with serious injuries but has since been released.
The man then drove down the Captain Cook Highway before stopping at Yorkey's Knob and setting the car alight.
Police cordoned off the west of the highway to protect other drivers after the man opened fire.
Police Chief Superintendent Brian Huxley said a special emergency response team tried to negotiate with the man after he ran off into Thomatis Creek.https://twitter.com/JordanFabris9/status/1244043906989182977
"Unfortunately that was unsuccessful. He was seen to be armed with a high powered rifle," Chief Supt Huxley said.
Just after 3pm the man emerged from waist-deep water, allegedly raising his firearm at police
Officers returned fire and a short time later the man was pronounced dead.
Chief Supt Huxley said "every attempt to save this man's life has failed."
"Our thoughts at this stage are certainly with the family of the man who has died and the officers who have responded to this job."
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/cairns-armed-seige-ethical-standards-committee-investigating-after-man-shot/2d93433e-066d-4b4b-8573-36f356fc4871