Police had to shoot dead two men who attacked them
POLICE had no choice but to shoot and kill two violent men who attacked them when they responded to different domestic disputes on the Sunshine Coast.
Coroner Terry Ryan delivered his findings a short time ago into the gun deaths of Edward Wayne Logan in Tewantin in November, 2014 and of Anthony William Young in Coolum in August, 2013.
Anthony Young was killed shortly after he murdered his brother David and David's partner Louise Dekens.
There were no family members present to hear Mr Ryan confirm both Logan and Young would have killed or seriously maimed police officers who shot them if they were not stopped.
Mr Ryan said 42-year-old Anthony Young was struggling with serious mental health issues when he stabbed his brother multiple times in the head, chest and back and Ms Dekens twice in the chest.
When police arrived at the scene of the murders, Anthony Young rushed at Senior Constable Evan Condon with a machete.
The coroner previously heard Senior Constable Condon "acted on instinct" when he drew and fired his weapon.
Mr Ryan said Logan, a 50-year-old Melbourne resident, was shot after he went on a violent rampage following an argument at a family gathering on the coast.
Photo gallery: Police respond to shooting at Tewantin
Police were called and when they arrived at the house, officers found Logan smashing the house and other property with a metal pole ripped from a mail box.
Senior Constable Adam Tickner and first-year Constable Jamieson Wood fired their guns as Mr Logan rushed toward them with the sharp end of the pole pointing in their direction.
Mr Ryan said he would oversee a hearing next year into ways to prevent police shooting deaths.
*If you need help for mental health problems please call Lifeline on 13 11 14. If you experiencing domestic violence please call DVConnect on 1800 811 811 or 1800 600 636 or 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).
- APN NEWSDESK