Police body cameras have filmed the moment a 72-year-old man reportedly approached officers with a pair of knives in Woodridge, south Queensland.
Queensland Police responded to reports of a man creating a disturbance and threatening paramedics at a residence on Station Road at around 11:45am yesterday morning.
Initial inquiries indicate the man confronted police with knives when an officer discharged his firearm.
The elderly man sustained a gunshot wound to his right shoulder and was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
A Queensland Police media spokesperson confirmed to the Hit Network the Ethical Standards Command is now investigating the incident with overview by the Crime and Corruption Commission.
Inspector Jim Plowman told the Courier Mail that the man – believed to be a Vietnam veteran – had initially thrown rocks at police and paramedics before using knives in the “unfortunate incident”.
“We are working on the assumption and the belief that there were some mental health issues involved,” Insp Plowman said.
“All I know is that we had Queensland Ambulance staff on site and Queensland police officers (and) he presented with weapons and the officer had no option other than to discharge his firearm.”
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