A man has been shot dead by police after allegedly charging at them with a samurai sword during a stand-off at a home southwest of Brisbane.
Queensland Police Inspector Tim Partridge confirmed officers were called to a disturbance at Cassowary Street in Doolandella at about 5.20am where a 41-year-old man allegedly charged at them with the large sword.
‘He has run at the officer with a samurai sword,’ Insp Partridge said.
A man has been shot dead by police after charging at them with a samurai sword during a stand-off at a home southwest of Brisbane .
A Senior Constable fired multiple shots at the man as he stood at the front door of the two-storey home.
Paramedics rushed to treat the man but he was pronounced dead at the scene at 8.15am.
Insp Partridge confirmed there were four children, all aged under 10, inside the home with their mother, the partner of the deceased man, at the time of the incident but couldn’t confirm the children’s relationship to the deceased man.
However Insp Partridge said he was of the belief the man was a resident of the home.
The 41-year-old man was allegedly acting erratically inside the premises prompting the call to police.
Two officers arrived a short time later and started negotiations to free the four children and two women from inside the home.
Forensic police (pictured) have arrived at the scene of a fatal shooting after a man allegedly charged at police while holding a samurai sword
The Ethical Standards Command has commenced a critical incident investigation into the incident with oversight by the Crime and Corruption Commission
The man allegedly threatened to break a mirror for a weapon before picking up the samurai sword instead.
Insp Partridge said the last of the children were freed only seconds before the man charged at officers with the sword.
Both women were also freed without injury.
All four children are now safely in the care of their mother.
There was also a second adult female inside the home at the time of the shooting but police could not confirm her relationship to any of the parties involved.
‘It’s never the intention of police to resolve a situation in this manner,’ Insp Partridge said.
‘My understanding is the job commenced about 5.30am this morning and police arrived a short time after that, the incident involving the shooting happened at approximately 7.45am.’
Insp Partridge said the officer who shot the alleged offender was ‘understandably stressed’ but was also ‘comfortable in the fact he didn’t have any other option’.
The Ethical Standards Command has commenced a critical incident investigation into the incident with oversight by the Crime and Corruption Commission.
Queensland Police Inspector Tim Partridge confirmed there were children, all aged under 10, inside the Brisbane home with their mother at the time of the incident but could not confirm their relationship to the deceased man