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Boy, 16, shot by police at his front door

A 16-year-old boy is in a serious condition after being shot by police who were called to a domestic disturbance at his home southwest of Brisbane.

It's understood the boy's mother called police to a domestic disturbance involving the boy and his father at a house in Danube Crescent, Springfield, about 2.30pm yesterday.

 

Police at the scene of a shooting at Springfield. Picture: 9 News Queensland
Police at the scene of a shooting at Springfield. Picture: 9 News Queensland

 

The 16-year-old allegedly confronted police while armed with a knife at the front door of the property before police fired multiple rounds.

Detective Superintendent Brian Swan said two officers were present and he believed both fired shots at the boy.

A single shot hit the 16-year-old in the upper body.

 

The young male suffered serious chest injuries and was taken to hospital. Picture: 9 News Queensland
The young male suffered serious chest injuries and was taken to hospital. Picture: 9 News Queensland

Police confirmed the boy was taken to the Princess Alexandria Hospital in a serious but stable

condition with a gunshot wound to his upper body.

It's believed the police officers provided first aid to the boy until paramedics arrived.

Police union president Ian Leavers said both officers were wearing body-worn cameras.

He could not speak on the mental state of the officers but said questioning of the pair was expected to continue long into the night.

"It's not good for anybody," he said.

"Both officers cooperated fully with the investigation."

Police Union president Ian Leavers on scene of shooting
Police Union president Ian Leavers on scene of shooting

Det Sup Swan said the investigation would "examine in full course the history of the family".

A neighbour said the family had lived on the street for a number of years.

"There are a couple of boys living there with a mother and father," they said.

"The street is always very quiet."

Another neighbour told the Nine Network: "I heard a big domestic row going on and the next thing there was two gun shots so obviously very scary."

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

 

Police at the scene of the Springfield shooting. Picture: 9 News Queensland
Police at the scene of the Springfield shooting. Picture: 9 News Queensland

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