Dead criminal’s history of violence revealed
A MAN shot dead by police at Ipswich had once set fire to a pensioner for fun.
Victoria's Tyson Jessen, 28, was fired on by Senior Constable Leesa Richardson at Ipswich Hospital and later died.
The wanted criminal had violently attacked Sen-Const Richardson prompting her to use lethal force on Saturday night.
Jessen was wanted in Victoria for armed robbery and had been arrested by Queensland Police on Friday.
After requesting medical treatment he was taken under police guard to hospital.
There he launched his assault on the officer leaving her hospitalised with facial injuries.
The Queensland Police Union said Sen-Const Richardson could have been killed.
"The actions of the police officer involved were just incredibly brave, she showed great restraint," union boss Ian Leavers said.
"We are very, very lucky we did not have a police officer murdered last night."
Sen-Const Richardson has reportedly been released from hospital.
Mr Leavers said the Ipswich policing district had been left reeling after three traumatic incidents in recent months.
On September 28, at Booval, Constable Peter McAulay was hit and dragged along the ground while trying to intercept a stolen car.
He spent days in an induced coma and was lucky to survive the incident.
Less than a fortnight earlier, police shot dead Jesse Kermode, 24, after he lunged at them with a knife at Ipswich train station.
"These incidents are sadly becoming far too common but it shows we will do our job each and every day," Mr Leavers said.
"This is very raw in Ipswich. They've been doing it tough at the moment."
Inspector Michael Trezise said the decision to use lethal force was always a tough one for officers.
"It's the most difficult decision an operational officer can make," he said.
"It's made under stress and under time pressure."
In 2008, Jessen was in a group who deliberately set fire to a mentally ill pensioner in Victoria, leaving him with horrific burns to nearly 50 per cent of his body.
An Ethical Standards investigation is under way.