Jul 18

Man wakes from coma after police shooting

Police at the scene of a shooting in Rochedale South. Photo: Kristian Silva Police at the scene of the shooting. Photo: Jay Buwalda Photography (facebook苏州美甲美睫培训学校/JayBuwaldaPhotography)

A Brisbane man has woken from a coma after he was shot in the head by police two weeks ago.

It is understood 29-year-old Mitchell Jovic emerged from his coma early Sunday at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, but remains in the intensive care unit in a serious condition.

It was feared Mr Jovic would most likely remain in a vegetative state after being shot in the head by police during an incident reportedly sparked by a stolen ride-on mower.

Two police officers visited a Priestdale Road property at Rochedale in Brisbane’s south where they allegedly found the stolen mower in a trailer attached to a four-wheel-drive on October 21.

It is believed Mr Jovic was sitting in the 4WD and sped towards the two constables when they arrived.

The officers fired up to five shots at Mr Jovic, who was hit in the head and arm.

A second man who was in the 4WD was not injured and was arrested.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said the two officers responded “professionally” after the vehicle sped towards them without warning.

Mr Leavers said the driver was known to police.

The incident is being investigated by the Queensland Police Service’s internal Ethical Standards Command.

It is understood Mr Jovic is now under police guard in hospital.

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