From ABC, May 2, 2007
UNION DEFENDS OFFICER OVER SHOP SHOOTING
The Queensland Police Union has defended the actions of an officer who shot a man dead to end a hostage drama in the state's south-east.
This morning's incident at a convenience store near Maryborough was over within minutes.
A man armed with a knife took seven people captive before stabbing a 21-year-old male employee in the neck.
The worker is recovering in hospital after surgery.
The offender, who is yet to be identified, was shot dead after running at police.
Union spokesman Denis Fitzpatrick says the officer had no choice.
"If that officer did not take that action, there would have been more people either killed or injured as a result of this man's behaviour," Mr Fitzpatrick said.
Superintendent Andy Morrow says there will be a thorough investigation.
"The full circumstances surrounding the discharge of the firearm will of course be investigated comprehensively but at this stage, the officer is being offered the full support and counselling that the service is able to provide," he said.