Neighbour’s claim: ‘There was no f--king siege’
THE neighbour of a Brisbane father shot dead by police claims the man never presented a danger to his wife and four children, amid allegations he charged at an officer with a samurai sword.
The 41-year-old man, who sources have identified as Duylinh Ho, was shot multiple times by a senior constable about 7.45am at Doolandella, in Brisbane's south yesterday.
The fatal shooting occurred seconds after Mr Ho's four children, all under the age of 10, his wife and a female housemate had been brought to safety.
They were all understood to have been released unharmed in the incident.
Paramedics had earlier been called to the home to treat Mr Ho for a suspected mental health episode about 5.30am.
When they arrived they found Mr Ho behaving erratically, including threatening to throw a mirror down a flight of stairs, a source said.
But the situation escalated and police were called when Mr Ho grabbed the large samurai sword.
Police said yesterday Mr Ho ran at the experienced police officer with the sword soon after his four children, wife and a female housemate had been "released" from the siege situation.
Inspector Tim Partridge said the shooting took place outside the front door of the two-storey home.
One officer fired multiple shots in the incident, Insp Partridge said.
Paramedics immediately treated the man, however he was declared dead a short time later at 8.15am.
The officer involved is understood to be a veteran of the force and held the rank of senior constable.
"He's understandably stressed, but he's comfortable in the fact that he didn't have any other option," Insp Partridge said.
"It's traumatic for everybody involved. It is never the intention of police to resolve in this manner but, unfortunately, circumstances dictate you have no other option."
Police could not confirm the ages of the adults and children involved in the incident.
On Facebook, a neighbour, who said he witnessed the incident, disputed police claims that a siege had taken place.
"This is a close friend and my neighbour there was no f--king siege," the man wrote online.
"I was there. The kids as they woke up he sent them down stairs to us.
"(At) 4am he was screaming for help...
"It was mental health not drugs, etc, and his 4 kids and wife I feel for."
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said police were left with "no option other than to use their firearms".
"All police involved acted bravely," Mr Leavers said.
"The Queensland Police Union fully supports the actions of all police involved.
"We are just lucky we don't have murdered or seriously injured police today as well and I know the actions of the quick thinking police ensured that no other person was injured or worse."
The Ethical Standards Command has commenced a critical incident investigation into the police response in the case.
That probe will be overseen by the Crime and Corruption Commission.