A female police officer who killed a male inmate at a Queensland hospital on Saturday night ‘had to use lethal force’ police sources have said.
The man, who has not been identified but who had been in police custody since Friday, allegedly lashed out at the officer after being taken to hospital for a ‘faked illness’, the Courier Mail reported.
The 28-year-old was being treated at Ipswich Hospital in Brisbane‘s southwest when he allegedly attacked an officer about 9pm.
A man was fatally shot by a female police officer while was under guard at Ipswich Hospital (pictured) on Saturday night
The officer fired her weapon at the man, who died shortly after despite medical treatment from staff at the hospital.
A police source told the Courier Mail the female officer ‘had to use lethal force’.
Inspector Michael Trezise told reporters on Sunday he understood the man had been taken from his arrest to hospital, where he was separated from other patients and under guard from Friday afternoon.
Mr Trezise said he had left the senior constable he attacked with ‘relatively serious facial injuries’.
‘[It’s a] very traumatic incident,’ he said.
‘She’s received significant support from the police union and family of police, but it’s a very upsetting incident for anyone to go through.
‘[Firing a weapon is] the most difficult decision an operational officer can make, It’s made under stress and time pressure, and it’s extremely difficult.’
The senior constable was expected to be interviewed late on Saturday night.
The Ethical Standards Command is investigating the shooting on behalf of the State Coroner with the assistance of the Crime and Corruption Commission.
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has been informed of the situation.