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Man shot dead by police in Brisbane McDonald’s was holding a worker hostage before police arrived at the scene

  • Police shoot knife-wielding man who witnesses say took hostage in McDonalds
  • The man died in Logan Hospital after the shocking incident which was filmed
  • Witnesses claimed the man put a knife to the neck of a McDonalds worker 


A man fatally shot by police last night in Queensland was holding a McDonald’s worker hostage before police arrived at the scene.

The 32-year-old Kedron man died of his wounds in Logan Hospital on Friday night after being shot several times by police in a McDonald’s car park in Brisbane’s south.

Queensland Police said the man demanded workers open the cash registers.

However, when they refused the man threatened staff with a knife and held a female worker at knifepoint. 

Shocking footage of the incident was published online and shows the shirtless man walking towards police as they surround him and yell ‘drop the knife’. 

He then yells back at police, ‘F**k off’ and ‘I don’t even have a gun’, before moving towards the officers, who direct him to get on the ground.  

The officers fired at least three times and the man fell to the ground.

Shocking footage of a deadly stand-off was published online which showed several police mobilised as a bare-chested man lunges at them shouting aggressively

 Shocking footage of a deadly stand-off was published online which showed several police mobilised as a bare-chested man lunges at them shouting aggressively

Police shot at man dead when he allegedly lunged at them with a knife during a hostage situation because'knives are just as dangerous as guns'

Police shot at man dead when he allegedly lunged at them with a knife during a hostage situation because ‘knives are just as dangerous as guns’

The man was rushed to Logan Hospital in a critical condition, where he later died.  

Earlier the same man was allegedly reported to have threatened members of the public in the nearby Marsden Park shopping centre.

A 32-year-old Kedron man died of his wounds in Logan Hospital on Friday night after being shot several times by police in the car park of a McDonald's Marsden, in Brisbane's south

A 32-year-old Kedron man died of his wounds in Logan Hospital on Friday night after being shot several times by police in the car park of a McDonald’s Marsden, in Brisbane’s south

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the female employee was still being held hostage when police arrived.  

‘Police called on this person numerous times, numerous times to put down the knife,’ she said told media on Saturday.

Ms Carroll defended her officers’ use of deadly force, saying ‘knives are just as dangerous as guns’.

‘If not more, so they can be removed very, very quickly and acted with within milliseconds,’ the commissioner said.

‘And that’s what took place last night.’

Ms Carroll said police were still investigating the circumstances of the shooting and the dead man’s relationship with the woman. 

Acting Chief Superintendent Mel Adams said police tried to subdue the man with a taser before using their guns. 

‘Police attempted to negotiate with that person but that person ran at police,’ she said.  

‘Our investigations will work on any footage that is available. It is quite a complex scene with multiple people who witnessed the event and multiple officers on site,’ Superintendent Adams said.   

McDonalds said none of its employees had been harmed during the incident. 

‘It’s very traumatic circumstances for our people. Nobody goes to work thinking they are going to harm another person. 

‘This is something that will take some time for (the officers) to get through.’

‘Crew involved have been offered support and we are assisting police,’ the statement read.   

The shocking incident happened at the Marsden McDonalds on Chambers Flat Road on Friday afternoon

The shocking incident happened at the Marsden McDonalds on Chambers Flat Road on Friday afternoon

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