Police at the scene of the incident yesterday. Picture: Ric Frearson/AAP
Police at the scene of the incident yesterday. Picture: Ric Frearson/AAP

Family at a loss over teen’s shooting

FAMILY members of a knife-wielding teenager shot by police during a domestic dispute yesterday say they still don't know the truth about the incident.

Jai Hunt, 16, was last night in a serious condition in hospital after officers shot him in the chest when he lunged at them at the family's Springfield house about 2.30pm.

His grandfather Jim Hunt told The Courier-Mail last night that Jai was having "a blue" with his father.

"My son (Jai's father) is all right he has a scratch on him from the knife," Jim Hunt said.

"They were having a bit of a blue with each other, his Dad was trying to control him."

It's understood Jai's mother called police before the shooting unfolded on the house on Danube Crescent.

Jai Hunt in a Facebook image
Jai Hunt in a Facebook image

It's believed the police officers on scene provided first aid to the teen until paramedics arrived.

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

"That young person has threatened officers... armed with a knife," he said.

"The officers drew their firearms and that person was shot once, we believe."

Jai's brother Jesse last night took to Facebook to confirm his brother had been shot when asked by friends.

Jai, a dirt bike enthusiast, in January wrote on social media: "2018 hopefully a better year".

Police were told by shocked onlookers that the boy had Asperger's syndrome.

His grandfather said Jai was quiet and had "an issue with his life" and hadn't been to school in years. He said Jai's father "loves his kids to bits".

Jai Hunt’s father is consoled at the scene yesterday. Picture: 7 News
Jai Hunt’s father is consoled at the scene yesterday. Picture: 7 News

"My grandson is 16 years old, he's never been in trouble with the police," Mr Hunt said.

"He doesn't walk down the street with his mates ... he doesn't go out in the yard causing trouble.

"He just stays on the computer. When I do see him he's a friendly boy and comes and says: 'How are you Grandad?'.

"He calls me Santa 'cause I have a grey beard.

"He's never robbed a pub, he's never done graffiti. He lives at home with his Mum and Dad."

Asked about the shooting incident, Mr Hunt said: "This could have been sorted out a little better".

"We don't know the truth yet."

One neighbour said he believed the family had only lived in the house for six months.

Another neighbour said the street was very quiet and they had never heard any loud commotion before.

Forensic police at the scene of the incident yesterday. Picture: Ric Frearson/AAP
Forensic police at the scene of the incident yesterday. Picture: Ric Frearson/AAP

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said both officers were wearing body cameras. He could not comment 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.

"The police were actually doing their job and they've co-operated fully with ethical standards.

"(The officers) are doing as well as can be expected.

"They'll continue to have our full support."

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

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

No charges have been laid.

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Jai Hunt in a Facebook image
Jai Hunt in a Facebook image


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