Airlie Beach shooting: Knife-wielding man shouted ‘shoot me’ before being shot dead by police

Terrifying moment A 24-year-old man who yelled “shoot me” at police was gunned down on the main street of a busy tourist town as witnesses, who mistook the fatal shots for fireworks, revealed what sparked the incident

  • The 24-year-old man was shot dead by police after allegedly threatening them with a knife
  • He had been in Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays when shots rang out after midnight
  • Witnesses say they heard the man shout “shoot me” at the police officers
  • Police say the use of a taser is “not possible” while the investigation continues

A knife-wielding man was heard shouting “shoot me” at police before being gunned down after allegedly threatening officers on a street in a popular Queensland tourist town.

A 24-year-old Western Australian working in Townsville died after being shot dead in Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays just after midnight on Saturday.

Police claim he was armed with a knife and threatened her before the shots were fired.

Two friends Budd Norris and Kade Luck were out on a night out in the popular city when they heard the fatal gunshots.

A 24-year-old Western Australian working in Townsville died after being shot dead in Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays just after midnight on Saturday (police are seen at the scene).

A 24-year-old Western Australian working in Townsville died after being shot dead in Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays just after midnight on Saturday (police are seen at the scene).

They said they saw the man run across the street with “a knife in his hand.”

“He’s like ‘shoot me, shoot me,’ and he just decided to run at them (the officers),” Norris told the Courier Mail.

“How often do you see that in Australia?” said Herr Glück.

Witnesses said they heard police telling the man to put down the knife and fire a warning shot as he ran toward officers.

“And then ‘Pang Bang’ after he kept attacking her,” said Mr. Luck.

The couple thought fireworks went off in the street.

Kade Luck (pictured) witnessed the incident and said the man told police to shoot me

Kade Luck (pictured) witnessed the incident and said the man told police to shoot me

Spectators are seen in the street after gunshots rang out through the popular nightclub district

Spectators are seen in the street after gunshots rang out through the popular nightclub district

Police claimed the man threatened officers who approached them on Shute Harbor Road at 12:20 a.m. before being shot up to five times.

Officers at the scene administered first aid and the man was taken to Proserpine Hospital – but died soon after.

A crime scene has been established and investigations into the incident, which is to be investigated by the Ethical Standards Command under the supervision of the Crime and Corruption Commission, continue.

A man filming himself eating kebabs nearby managed to capture the shots on video.

A man filming himself eating kebabs nearby managed to capture the shots on video

A man filming himself eating kebabs nearby managed to capture the shots on video

Multiple gunshots are heard, with the man repeatedly exclaiming, “They bloody shot him.”

It is assumed that the knife allegedly used had a 4-5 cm blade and a black handle.

Queensland Police Superintendent Graeme Paine said the man approached the officers, who had withdrawn their firearms.

He warned against carrying a knife in public places where people are consuming alcohol.

“I want to point out the dangers of carrying a knife in a public place at all times — it’s a defense in certain circumstances,” Supt Paine said.

“But carrying a knife in a dynamic place where people are consuming alcohol really poses a significant threat to the public – including the police who are there trying to keep everyone safe.”

Supt Paine said police spoke to the man’s family in WA, adding it was “tragic” for his loved ones and the officers involved.

Queensland Police Union President Ian Leavers said the use of a taser was “not possible” during the incident.

The incident was caught on video surveillance and police are investigating.

It is unclear that the man was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Police are investigating the incident and say the use of a Taser was

Police are investigating the incident and say the use of a Taser was “not possible”.

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