Teenager shot by police in Brisbane after wielding knives and 'threatening officers'

| 30.12,18. 12:41 PM |

Teenager shot by police in Brisbane after wielding knives and 'threatening officers'

Photo: Police forensic officers at the scene of the shooting incident in Forest Lake. (ABC News: Talissa Siganto)

A 16-year-old boy has been shot by police and is recovering in hospital after he allegedly threatened officers with knives during a confrontation on Brisbane's southside.

Officers were called Forest Lake on reports of a disturbance at about 3:20am and spotted the teenager nearby on Banksia Circuit.

Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming said the officers approached the boy, who was allegedly armed with knives.

"Fearing for their safety, they felt it necessary to discharge their weapons — both officers have discharged their weapons — and the young man was struck in the lower abdomen," he said.

"I understand he has non-life threatening injuries and I understand he's at the PA [Princess Alexandra] Hospital and he's receiving surgery."

Superintendent Fleming said officers immediately called for assistance and performed first-aid.

"During the course of that, one female officer who was rendering assistance to the young man, we will allege the young man continued to resist and she suffered an injury, possibly a broken arm," he said.

Superintendent Fleming said support would be offered to the officers involved.

"They're okay, but obviously it's a very distressing situation, and they are going to go through significant scrutiny for what happened," he said.

"This is a tragedy for the young man and his family — this is a very difficult time for them.

"I also feel for the officers involved — none of them ever want to come to work and have to discharge their firearm."

The shooting is being investigated by the Ethical Standards Command.


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