Coolum killings: Police saved my family, says neighbour
A NEIGHBOUR who gave shelter to a 12-year-old girl as she fled an attack by her uncle on her parents at Coolum has backed the police response.
Russell Evans, who lived next to Dave Young and Louise Dekens, said more lives would have been lost if police had not shot Anthony Young on Wednesday night.
The dead couple's daughter ran to the Evans' home for help at about 10pm, saying her parents had been stabbed.
Anthony Young was carrying a machete and knife when he was shot by police on the roadside after he refused to surrender.
Mr Evans, a father of four, said in a statement to media that the police response had saved lives.
He said people who had questioned the shooting had never been in the situation he and his family had found themselves in.
"The policeman that fired the shots saved my entire family and my friends' daughter," Mr Evans said.
"If the police arrived here 30 seconds later, the offender would have been in my home.
"The police presence distracted him when he was at my gate telling me we were next."
Sources have told News Corp that the final shot to bring down Mr Young was at '"point blank range".
Mr Young was brandishing a knife in one hand and a machete in the other.
Despite pleas by police for him to put down his weapons, he came charging at them.
The more senior policeman had only seconds to react, firing off a volley of shots.
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers earlier told the Daily the two police officers were just starting their shift when they had a call out for a domestic matter about 10pm.
He said the senior constable, who had been in the force for 10 years, had no choice but to open fire.
Mr Leavers said police never wanted to be put in that situation and only resorted to using their weapon as a last resort.
"They are doing it very tough at the moment," he said of the officers.
Mr Leavers said the senior constable was himself a family man with a wife and two children.