Police dog to the rescue as tasers fail to stop knifeman

A 19-YEAR-OLD Ipswich man was tasered twice after he allegedly threatened police and passers-by with a knife at a shopping centre.

Police were called to Kruger Village in Redbank Plains about 8.30pm Monday.

Ipswich CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Gary Dixon said a security guard had stopped to lock a laundromat when he saw a man nearby.

Snr Sgt Dixon said the guard asked the man what he was doing and he allegedly produced a knife 20-30cm long and threatened the security guard before walking away.

He approached two women and allegedly made threats to stab them.

They ran into a pizza shop and the owner locked the door.

Snr Sgt Dixon said the man appeared in the window and allegedly made a stabbing motion then threatened two males before police arrived.

The man jumped a fence behind the shopping centre into an enclosure. Uniformed police followed and he allegedly threatened them.

He starting yelling for police to shoot him and allegedly made slashing motions with the knife.

"He was tasered twice but that proved ineffective so police retreated over the fence," Snr Sgt Dixon said.

He was tasered twice but that proved ineffective so police retreated over the fence.

"The dog squad arrived and when a dog jumped into the enclosure the man put down the knife."

The man was charged with serious assault, common assault, going armed in public, unlawfully entering premises and wilful damage.



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