The Queensland police union has defended an officer who shot and critically wounded a man aged in his 70s in Brisbane’s south.
Police shot a 72-year-old man at Woodridge on Sunday after he allegedly threw rocks at officers and produced two knives.
Five police officers attended an address on Station Road about 11.45am to offer support to paramedics attending to the 72-year-old, who was understood to have been suffering mental health issues.
The man, reportedly a Vietnam war veteran, remained in a serious condition at Princess Alexandra Hospital on Monday.
Inspector Jim Plowman said police at that incident were confronted by a male armed with two knives.
“As a result one of the officers has discharged his firearm, shooting once,” Inspector Plowman said.
“The projectile has struck a 72-year-old offender in the right shoulder.
“Prior to this occurring, there were a number of rocks that were thrown at officers.”
Inspector Plowman said it was an unfortunate incident that was being investigated.
“The officer certainly didn’t come to work today intending to shoot anybody,” he said.
Police Union secretary Mick Barnes said the officer who shot the man was a very experienced firearms training officer.
He said the officer was forced to shoot to protect police, the man’s family and ambulance officers at the scene.
“Police had to defend themselves and others in the execution of their duty,” Mr Barnes told ABC radio.
“One of the sergeants in attendance – a 15-year veteran and a firearms training officer – discharged one round.”
Inspector Plowman said that in general terms, officers would use firearms if they were acting in defence of themselves or others when they reasonably anticipated there would be serious injury such as grievous bodily harm or death to any person.
Crime and scientific officers will examine the scene while Ethical Standards Command officers will interview all officers involved.
It is understood body-worn camera footage captured the entire incident.
The 72-year-old man was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition.