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Man dies during 'violent struggle' with Toowoomba police


A man has died and two police officers have been injured in a “violent struggle” during investigations into a stolen vehicle in Toowoomba.

At around 12.30pm yesterday, officers were called to Stone Street in Wilsonton following a call from a member of the public about people acting “suspiciously” in a car.

Police say their investigations revealed the car was, in fact, stolen about a month ago. Two people fled from the scene and are still on the run.

As police got into a “violent struggle” with a 27-year-old man who was also in the car, he became unconscious.

Despite paramedics and police performing first aid, the man died.

The incident is being treated as a death in custody, and officers suspect he had a medical episode during the arrest.

Assistant Commissioner for the Southern Region Mike Condon wouldn’t provide any more details on how the man died, saying the incident is under investigation.

“The mere fact it was involved in an altercation will necessitate that we investigate the use of force used by our officers, and that will be over viewed by the ESC (Ethical Standards Command), coroner and the CCC (Crime and Corruption Commission).”

“We don’t have all the answers at the moment, but until those investigations are complete I would hope that common sense is applied within the community and we work together to ensure that once the outcome is known, that people will understand completely what’s occurred.”

When again asked by reporters about the man’s cause of death, he said: “I would suggest that there was a violent struggle[and] would suggest they were fleeing from the scene as they were in a stolen vehicle.

Anyone with mobile or video footage of the incident is being asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.