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Man shot dead by police in Mackay after attempts to negotiate, police superintendent says

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Man shot dead by police in Mackay after attempts to negotiate, police superintendent says

A 24-year-old man has died after being shot by police following an incident near the Mackay Base Hospital.

Officers were called to an address on Bridge Road in West Mackay around 2.30 on Monday afternoon after reports of a man making threats.

An exclusion zone was established around 4:30pm, and included Bridge Road, Hume Street, and Streeter Avenue.

Diversions were put in place for access to the Mackay Base Hospital, which was within the exclusion zone.

Police said officers went to the address initially for a welfare check.

Superintendent Graeme Paine said officers tried for some time to negotiate with the man.

“Upon arrival, police started talking with the man and, as a result of that conversation, police then started formal negotiations,” he said.

“A short time later, the male moved towards the officers and produced what the officers believed to be a firearm.

“Officers discharged their weapons and struck the male, first aid was rendered to the male, but he died as a result of his injuries.”

A senior police officer stands outside a house in Mackay.
Superintendent Graeme Paine says police tried to negotiate with the man.(ABC Tropical North: Tegan Philpott)

Police said the man was taken to the nearby Mackay Base Hospital, but the man died in hospital.

A cordon remains in place around the area with the matter to be investigated by the Ethical Standards Command.

A police car, with a flashing closed sign on the roof, at a cordoned off street in Mackay.
Some streets remain closed near the base hospital in Mackay.(ABC Tropical North: Tegan Philpott)

Multiple shots fired

Clint Snyder, whose house is across the road from the incident, said the situation escalated quickly.

“About three o’clock they started blocking things off and there were reports of a handgun, then a rifle,” he said.

“Then they [the police] started whacking their vests on, and you could hear the negotiators.

“The next minute it was bang, bang, bang… there were five of them.”

It’s the second police shooting in the region in less than two months.

In early October, a man was fatally shot by officers in Airlie Beach after he was believed to have threatened officers with a knife.

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