Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Police 'Prefer' No Health Help; Shootings Scrutinised at Inquest

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Police 'Prefer' No Health Help; Shootings Scrutinised at Inquest

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Byline: Geoff Egan Geoff.Egan@apn.com.au

POLICE SHOOTING DEATHS

Laval Donovan Zimmer: Age 33. He grew up in Mackay, Kingaroy and Brisbane and had a history of paranoid schizophrenia. He was killed after running at police with a knife at his home in Redcliffe. They had attended his home after he made numerous nuisance calls to 000 and PoliceLink at Redcliffe and Maroochydore that became increasingly aggressive.

Anthony William Young: Age 42. Lived with his older brother, his brother's partner and their 12-year-old daughter. Brandished a machete at police when they attended his home at Yandina-Coolum Dr, after numerous reports of a disturbance at his home on August 21, 2013. Was told to "drop the knife" three times before he was shot. Police found two bodies inside the home and concluded Young had murdered his brother and partner before being shot.

Edward Wayne Logan: Age 51. He was visiting his son Thomas Logan at Outlook Dr, Tewantin. A fight with his son escalated into a domestic dispute in which he smashed up cars, windows and garage doors. He was killed when police attended and he lunged at them with a splayed metal letterbox.

Shaun Basil Kumeroa: Age 42. Was killed after a four-hour siege at Inala. He allegedly had been avoiding police for a number days after assaulting his former partner, who he was involved in a custody dispute with. He brandished a replica gun at police, which they believed to be real.

Troy Martin Foster: Age 32. Police shot him in Southport after he held a knife to his mother's throat on November 24, 2014. He had mental health issues and had consumed drugs and alcohol. His mother alleged his problem with police began at age 11 after an alleged police assault at Tweed Heads.

MENTAL health practitioners are rarely called to attend emergency situations, even if police believe they may help, a court has heard. …

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