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Old man, 72, shot by cops ‘as charged with two knives’

  • A man, 72, was shot in the shoulder after allegedly charging at police with knives
  • He is alleged to have thrown rocks at paramedics from house south of Brisbane
  • Inspector Jim Plowman said the officer had no choice but to shoot the old man

A 72-year-old man has been shot in the shoulder by police after he allegedly charged at officers with knives and threw rocks at paramedics.

The altercation occurred shortly before noon on Sunday at Logan City, south of Brisbane.

Inspector Jim Plowman said the police bullet struck the elderly man in his right shoulder after he is alleged to have thrown rocks at paramedics from a house in suburban Woodridge.

A 72-year-old man was shot in the shoulder by police as allegedly charged at them with knives

Inspector Jim Plowman said the elderly man had also allegedly thrown rocks at paramedics

Inspector Jim Plowman said the elderly man had also allegedly thrown rocks at paramedics

‘The officer had no option other than to discharge his firearm,’ he told reporters on Sunday. 

‘At that time a male, a 72-year-old male, threw a number of rocks at those people and he also produced two knives, threatening the safety of those personnel there.

‘It’s very upsetting for the officer involved.’

He added the critically injured man was likely to have suffered from mental health issues.

The elderly man was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane in a critical condition

The elderly man was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane in a critical condition

The man alleged to have thrown rocks (pictured) suffered from possible mental health issues

The man alleged to have thrown rocks (pictured) suffered from possible mental health issues

The elderly man had an altercation with police in Logan City shortly before noon on Sunday

The elderly man had an altercation with police in Logan City shortly before noon on Sunday

The police are promising to get answers on why the elderly man was shot on his right shoulder

The police are promising to get answers on why the elderly man was shot on his right shoulder

He was taken by ambulance from the scene at Station Road to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital. 

Forensics detectives and the Police Ethical Standards Command are investigating the shooting. 

‘We have a process we must go through to make sure the family get the answers they require — the person who was shot gets the answers they require,’ Inspector Plowman said. 

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