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'He was no bikie, just a tattooed man with bad friends'

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 26/02/2018 9NEWS

A man shot dead by police in suburban Brisbane wasn't a bikie, he was just a guy with tattoos and some bad friends, his lawyer says.

Two officers opened fire on the man, named as Comancheros bikie club associate Liam Scorsese, after he threatened the occupants of a home at Wakerley on the city's bayside on Sunday morning.

He had tried to break into the property at around 10am and the occupants called police who first used a Taser to try to subdue the "enraged" 31-year-old.

When that failed they retreated down the street but police say Scorsese followed them and threatened them while armed with a knife, forcing the officers to open fire.

He was taken to the Princess Alexandria Hospital but never regained consciousness.

Police allege the "enraged" man, named in media reports as Comancheros bikie associate Liam Scorsese © Nine News Police allege the "enraged" man, named in media reports as Comancheros bikie associate Liam Scorsese Scorsese's Gold Coast lawyer Ashkan Tai said his client was not a member of any outlaw motorcycle club and was working to get his life in order.

"He had enrolled in a barber's course. Just because he got into one incident with the Comancheros, police label him. He wasn't a bikie, he was just a man that was tattooed and had some bad friends," Mr Tai has told The Courier-Mail.

"His family are obviously extremely distressed ... I would hope Ethical Standards investigate fairly the question of how a man can be shot dead by police, in suburbia, in the early hours, on a Sunday morning."

The officers involved are receiving counselling and the Queensland Police Union says they acted courageously and professionally.

"You hope you never ever have to use your firearm but at the end of the day you have to do what you have to do to protect your own life," union president Ian Leavers told ABC radio.

Scorcese had been in and out of jail in recent years and attacked a Gold Coast bus driver in August 2016.

A court was told he was deeply remorseful and ashamed of his actions, but four months later he attacked police and paramedics in an ambulance after a traffic accident in Broadbeach Waters.

The Queensland Police Service's Ethical Standards Command has launched an investigation on behalf of the State Coroner, with the assistance of the Crime and Corruption Commission.

It is the second shooting incident involving Queensland police in less than two weeks, after a 16-year-old boy was shot after allegedly lunging at officers with a knife at Springfield, southwest of Brisbane on February 14.

He was later charged after being released from hospital after treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

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