Police fire at man armed with blade, chain at Bowen
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:
- Police have fired shots at a 35-year-old man at Bowen Police Station
- He was flown to Townsville Hospital in a serious condition
- Police allege the man was wielding a knife and chain
- The man was 'threatening' as he entered the station, allegedly breaking through the back doors
LATEST 6.30PM: A BOWEN man allegedly armed with a knife and chain was shot by police officers at the Bowen Police Station on Wednesday afternoon.
Police said about 2.30pm Wednesday, a 35-year-old man allegedly broke in through the back doors of the station with a knife and chain.
Mackay Police Acting Superintendent Ian Haughton said officers used tasers on the man, but they were unsuccessful.
Police then shot at the man, striking him in the hand and abdomen.
No officers were hurt in the incident, and police at the scene rendered first aid as they waited for paramedics to arrive.
Superintendent Ian Haughton said the man was 'threatening' when he entered the station and caused damage to the internal and external doors.
A crime scene has been declared and the matter is being investigated by Ethical Standards Command, with oversight from the Crime and Corruption Commission.
Superintendent Haughton urged anyone in Bowen who was in either Powell or Herbet streets or had dash cam footage to contact police.
The lead up to the incident was vital to police investigations, Superintendent Haughton said.
Police are unsure of the motivations behind the 35-year-old man's alleged actions, but investigations continue.
Superintendent Haughton said he was unable to say whether the Bowen man was known to police.
The man arrived at Townsville Hospital just before 6pm and was in a stable condition.
UPDATE 4.50PM: A MAN who was shot by police officers at Bowen Police Station this afternoon is being airlifted to hospital.
The 36-year-old man was taken to Bowen Hospital in a serious condition about 2.55pm, following the shooting.
Police confirmed the 36-year-old had been shot about 2.30pm, but no police were injured.
Paramedics transported the man initially to Bowen Hospital, but he is now being airlifted to Townsville Hospital in a serious condition.
EARLIER: A MAN has been shot by police officers at the Bowen Police Station this afternoon.
Queensland Police confirmed the man was shot about 2.30pm and that no police were injured.
Queensland Ambulance transported the man who had been shot to Bowen Hospital about 2.55pm.
An ambulance spokesperson said an aeromedical helicopter had been drafted to take the man to a nearby primary hospital - either Mackay or Townsville if it was needed.
A witness said he saw two police cars 'flying' through the Bowen Home Timber and Hardware parking lot about 2.30pm.
Bowen Home Timber and Hardware is located on Williams St is directly behind the Bowen Police Station.
The witness said about five minutes after he saw the police cars tearing through the parking lot, an ambulance arrived at the scene.
INITIAL: A man has been shot in Bowen.
Queensland Police Media have confirmed police shot a man at Bowen Police station on Powell St about 2.30pm on Wednesday afternoon.
No police have been injured.
Queensland Ambulance Services have taken the man to Bowen Hospital.
More to come.