Boy dead, father shot in chest by police in Australia

Feb. 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

MELBOURNE, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A boy died from head injuries and his father was shot after threatening police with a knife at a cricket ground southeast of Melbourne, officials say.

Police said officers opened fire Wednesday after trying unsuccessfully to subdue the 50-year-old man with capsicum foam at a cricket oval on the Mornington Peninsula, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Paramedics called to the sports ground treated the 12-year-old boy but were unable to revive him, ABC said.

ABC said the father was flown to Melbourne's Alfred Hospital, where he was said to be in a life-threatening condition.

It was not immediately clear how the boy received his head injuries.

"The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be established," a police statement said.

Witnesses said the scene at the sports field was chaotic as children were attending cricket and soccer practice.

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