Driver, 17, charged with attempted murder of officer

A 17-YEAR-OLD Ipswich man was charged with attempted murder and an investigation was launched after a police officer - who was allegedly hit by a car - fired his gun.

The police Ethical Standards Command is investigating the events during the incident at Silkstone on Thursday.

About 3am, police were investigating an attempted armed robbery at the 7-Eleven convenience store on the corner of Blackstone and South Station Rds when a car drove past without its headlights on.

A police spokesman said the car turned on to nearby Burns Ln and two police officers followed in a police vehicle.

The spokesman said Burns Ln was a cul-de-sac and police stopped when they saw the car near the end of the lane.

"They believed the offenders were going to run away from the car and the driver stepped out of the vehicle," he said.

"The vehicle appeared to be stuck on the kerb as they tried to turn it around."

He said the rest of the events would be the subject of the Ethical Standards Command review but the car allegedly drove at the officer, allegedly striking him on the arm.

During the incident, a 31-year-old constable discharged his firearm.

The spokesman said the number of shots fired and whether they hit anything was also part of the investigation.

No one was injured, police said, except the officer.

The car was spotted by another police vehicle and followed to Butler St, Raceview, where a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old man were arrested.

The spokesman said police sought a third person in the car.

Antonio Spiteri, 17, from Raceview, appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with attempted murder, dangerous operation of a vehicle, driving without a licence, two counts of failing to stop and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

He was remanded in custody to reappear on July 24.

No one has been charged in connection to the attempted armed robbery.



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