Qld police cleared over Kiwi's death

  • 18/01/2016
Shaun Kumeroa (Facebook)
Shaun Kumeroa (Facebook)

By Miranda Forster

Police officers who shot dead a man following a siege in Brisbane acted professionally and in accordance with official procedures, a coroner has found.

New Zealand man Shaun Kumeroa was killed in September 2014 when special emergency response team (SERT) officers opened fire on him at an Inala carport.

Mr Kumeroa had just left the car he'd been holed up in for almost four hours and aimed an authentic-looking replica pistol at the heavily-armed officers.

Delivering findings from Mr Kumeroa's inquest, Queensland Coroner Terry Ryan said he accepted the evidence of the SERT officers involved.

"I accept that they acted professionally and in accordance with the high level of training they receive and relevant QPS [Queensland Police Service] policies and procedures," Mr Ryan said today.

He said Mr Kumeroa's weapon was an accurate facsimile of a Beretta pistol and the officers could not have reasonably predicted it didn't have a firing capacity.

Mr Kumeroa's relationship had broken down months earlier and he was concerned he would lose custody of his daughter.

He had assaulted his former partner and her mother and a warrant was out for his arrest.

A police investigation found Mr Kumeroa appeared to have deliberately got out of the car knowing that police would potentially use lethal force.

"He had previously been recorded stating that he knew police were looking for him, that he was in possession of a weapon, and would go out with a bang," Mr Ryan said.

Footage recorded by police and a neighbour showed the gunman was repeatedly warned he'd be shot if he left the car with his weapon.

"There is no evidence to suggest that he was unable to comprehend those warnings," the coroner said.