A 29-year-old man remains in a critical condition after being shot in the head and arm by two officers he allegedly tried to run over south of Brisbane.
Two Queensland police officers who shot a driver in the head and arm after he allegedly tried to run them over feared for their lives, their union says.
The 29-year-old man is in a critical condition in Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital after he was shot at a Rochedale property, south of Brisbane on Tuesday morning.
Another man in the vehicle has been taken into police custody.
The two officers had tracked an allegedly stolen trailer and ride-on mower to the address, but when they approached the four wheel drive hooked up to them, the vehicle suddenly accelerated towards them.
Neighbours reported hearing four or five shots but acting assistant commissioner Stephen Hollands could not confirm the number.
“It’s certainly concerning that the police were in a situation where they had to resort to that use of force,” Mr Hollands said.
He could not say whether the men in the car were armed.
“We do have a police use of force model. It’s very much an escalated model, and that (shooting) is the most serious phase of that particular model,” he said.
The police officers were being interviewed separately by the ethical standards command and the Crime and Corruption Commission.
The incident would stay with the officers for some time, police union president Ian Leavers said.
“This was just a routine inquiry which suddenly turned,” he said.
“They were in fear for their lives and they have used their firearms to try and protect themselves.”
Mr Leavers said the pair had acted instinctively and one of the officers suffered minor injuries when he was struck by the car.
“We are very fortunate we’re not standing here today saying a police officer is seriously hurt, if not killed,” he said.
He said the officers were receiving support from the union’s lawyers as they were interviewed.
“As you can imagine they are very shaken, but it shows the difficult and dangerous nature of police work.”
POLICE SHOOTING INCIDENTS IN QUEENSLAND:
* September 20, 2014: Police shot dead a 42-year-old gunman at Inala, south west of Brisbane, after a siege.
* July 14, 2014: A man accelerated a car at an officer in Holland Park, Brisbane, prompting the officer to open fire.
* May 5, 2014: Police shot at a car in Yeppoon after a suspect who had been seen trying to break into a business drove at an officer.
* November 22, 2010: Police opened fire on a suspected bandit on the Gold Coast, sparking a Hollywood-style chase in which an officer commandeered a jet ski to nab the offender.