Queensland Police say officers tried to negotiate with the man but shot him dead after he “threatened” them with a knife.
A man has been shot dead by police in a McDonald’s car park south of Brisbane after threatening officers with a knife.
Queensland Police were called to the Chambers Flats Road fast food franchise in Marsden at around 4.40pm on Friday “after reporting that a man had threatened people at a number of businesses with a knife”.
“The police tried to negotiate with the man but he threatened them with the knife and the police shot him,” police said in a statement.
The man was taken to Logan Hospital but died shortly thereafter.
Horrifying video footage of the incident and the man shot dead by police, who was captured by a bystander, has since emerged.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said a McDonald’s worker was being held at knifepoint when officers arrived at the scene.
They ordered the man to drop his weapon.
“The police called this person several times to put the knife down but [he] refused, then when that person threw himself at the police, he was shot several times,” she said.
“If you have the training like me and all police officers, knives are just as dangerous as guns, if not more so.”
Investigations into the event are continuing with an overview by the Ethical Standards Command.