Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Friend Defends Shot Teen

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Friend Defends Shot Teen

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Byline: Hayden Johnson hayden.johnson@qt.com.au

EXHAUSTED family members have returned home as Queensland Police piece together the circumstances which led to 16-year-old Jai Hunt being shot.

Jai remains at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a stable condition after being shot in his side by police after he allegedly threatened them with a knife.

The circumstances which led to officers attending a disturbance at the home is being examined.

Earlier in the day, family friend Michelle Wykes claimed Jai was unarmed and running when police opened fire -- a claim rejected by the Queensland Police Union.

Ms Wykes said when police arrived, Jai made his way to the front of the home before his father pulled the knife from his son's hand and threw it into a garden -- suffering cuts on his own arm.

She said police told Jai to stop, before he started running.

"Jannean (Jai's mother) come flying out of the house screaming, don't shoot, don't shoot him," Ms Wykes said. …

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