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Vital evidence in shooting won't be made public, police say

UPDATE THURSDAY 3PM: 

THE police union has spoken out in defence of officers who shot a teen at Springfield yesterday.   

A witness told the QT teen Jai was unarmed when police opened fire.  

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said that claim was "untrue".  

The officers were wearing body cameras, however, the footage will not be released QPS has confirmed.  

"It's really not unusual for distraught family members and friends to make claims after a police incident that offenders were unarmed," union president Leavers said.   

"I can however confirm that the allegation the offender was unarmed when police defended themselves is patently untrue.  

"I can also confirm there is body worn video of the incident as well that supports the police actions.   At all times the police involved acted appropriately, professionally and with integrity."

 

UPDATE THURSDAY 2PM: 

BODY camera footage of the incident at Springfield yesterday afternoon will not be made public, police say.

Police officers fired at 16-year-old Jai Hunt after he allegedly lunged at them with the blade. 

Yesterday police said the teenager made threats to the officers who were wearing body cameras.

Today the reaction has been mixed with a witness saying teen Jai was unarmed when police opened fire.

Some have called for the police camera footage to be made public. 

But Queensland Police confirmed to the QT there were no plans to release footage of the incident.

"No the vision is not being released," A QPS spokesperson said. 

"The matter is currently being investigated by Ethical Standards Command."

 

LATEST THURSDAY: A CRIME scene remains established at a Danube St home after a knife-wielding teenager was shot on Wednesday afternoon. 

Officers fired at 16-year-old Jai Hunt after he lunged at them with the blade. 

Police have taped off the front yard of the Springfield home, but the street has reopened.

A crime scene remains established at a Danube Street home.
A crime scene remains established at a Danube Street home. Hayden Johnson

UPDATE 4PM: Neighbours of a quiet community are in shock after a teenage boy allegedly charged at police with a knife before being shot.

About 2.30pm on Wednesday several Queensland Police vehicles descended on a quiet Springfield street after reports of a disturbance.

When they attempted to enter the Danube Crescent home, officers were confronted with a teenager allegedly armed with a knife.

A crime scene remains established at a Danube Street home.
A crime scene remains established at a Danube Street home. Hayden Johnson

Southern Region Detective Superintendent Brian Swan said the teenager made threats to the officers.

"At around that time, he approached the officers at the front entryway to the house armed with a knife," he said.

"Police officers drew their firearms and the young person, the 16-year-old person was shot once we believe."

The teenager was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

It is understood the boy lives in the home where the shooting occurred.

Children returning from nearby schools stopped to take photos and watch as police tightly controlled the scene.

Residents of Danube Crescent returning home after work were forced to provide identification before police would allow them into the street.

Those who were home reported hearing loud sirens as police arrived at the Springfield home.

Ethan Hann said it was not something he expected to happen in the street.

"It's odd, out of the blue," he said.

Pat Teomatavui rushed home from work after his family witnessed a commotion in the area.

"My wife heard a helicopter and police sirens," he said.

"She rang me and said something was happening,

"You never hear of anything like that happening in the neighbourhood."

Queensland Police Ethical Standards Command has started an investigation into the shooting.

The family is assisting police with their inquiries.

Det Superintendent Swan said details about how many shots were fired was yet to be determined.

He believed both officers fired their weapon.

Footage from body-worn cameras worn by the officers will be examined.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said it was a "traumatic experience" for everyone involved.

"They're doing as well as can be expected," he said.

"Our thoughts are with them and the family at this point in time."

Mr Leavers said it was a "great thing" officers had body-worn body cameras.

 

INITIAL

A teenage boy is in hospital in a serious but stable condition after a shooting in Springfield this afternoon.

Police report he was shot after a confrontation with police at a private residence on Danube St shortly after 2.30pm.

It is believed he was shot in the upper body after allegedly lunging at police with a knife.

Police say it is unclear at this time how many shots were fired and an investigation is underway.

The boy, who is believed to be 16, was conscious during his transport to Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Police believe his injuries are not life-threatening. 

Residents reported hearing loud sirens as police swarmed on the Springfield property.

Ethan Hann said it was not something he expected to happen in the street. 

"It's odd, out of the blue," he said.

Pat Teomatavui rushed home from work after his wife witnessed a commotion in the area.

"My wife heard a helicopter and police sirens," he said. "She rang me and said something was happening.

"You never hear of anything like that happening in the neighbourhood."

An investigation of the incident will be conducted by the Ethical Standards Command.

No further information is available at this time.

 

 

 

 

Police at the scene of a shooting in Springfield on Wednesday afternoon.
Police at the scene of a shooting in Springfield on Wednesday afternoon. Hayden Johnson

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