A man shot dead in a standoff with police was previously suspected of having links to terrorism group the Islamic State.
Raghe Abdi, 22, from Calamvale, was killed after he was shot by police on the Logan Motorway outside Brisbane at about 6am on Thursday.
Queensland Police say he threatened officers with a knife before he was fatally shot.
Police gave him first aid, but he died at the scene.
Authorities are now investigating whether the man may be connected to an alleged murder.
Raghe Abdi, 22, from Calamvale, was killed after he was shot by police on the Logan Motorway outside Brisbane at about 6am on Thursday (pictured: a police car blocks traffic on the Logan Motorway on Thursday morning)
An 87-year-old man and an 86-year-old woman were found dead inside their home at Ulinga Crescent at Parkinson in Brisbane’s south.
Police found their bodies with ‘significant injuries’ after conducting a welfare check at their home at approximately 3pm today.
A crime scene has been established and Queensland police say they are looking into a possible connection between the incidents.
The 22-year-old was out on bail and had previously been arrested by counterterrorism officers.
But his lawyer disputes allegations he held extremist views and has slammed authorities for painting him in a negative light.
Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Tracy Linford said the man’s bail conditions included wearing a GPS tracking device, which he appeared to have cut off prior to the shooting.
‘We were notified last night that there did appear to be some tampering with that tracking device,’ she said.
Officers attended the man’s address twice and searched bushland where the GPS device was pinging, but couldn’t find the man or the device.
The incident on Thursday morning caused traffic chaos as police and other emergency services flooded the motorway (pictured)
Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney said the man was known to the Queensland joint counterterrorism team.
The AFP suspect he had been influenced by Islamic State and he was arrested on suspicion of an attempted foreign incursion when trying to depart Brisbane Airport for Somalia in May 2019.
He was released without charge due to insufficient evidence but had his passport cancelled.
In June 2019, he was charged with further offences including refusing to give the passcode for his phone.
He was remanded in custody after refusing to answer the magistrate or acknowledge the authority of the court, before being granted bail in September 2020.
Mr McCartney said the Queensland joint counterterrorism team opposed bail on the grounds he would interfere with witnesses, obstruct justice and fail to appear.
It’s understood the man was not subject to a current counterterrorism investigation.
Ms Linford said the officers who responded to Thursday morning’s incident did not know the man’s identity and confirmed she had seen body-worn camera footage of the shooting.
Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Tracy Linford (pictured) is urging witnesses to come forward
‘There are occasions when lethal force is the only option available to the police,’ she said.
Police are appealing to witnesses to come forward as they try to establish what happened before the shooting.
Ms Linford said footage from the highway showed a car had stopped and someone appeared to try and get the man off the road.
The Ethical Standards Command is investigating with oversight by the Crime and Corruption Commission.
Meanwhile Mr Adbi’s lawyer and president of the Australian Council of Civil Liberties, Terry O’Gorman said there was no evidence to justify charging him.
‘When he was going to Somalia to visit relatives, he was held for 18 hours and investigated as to whether he was going to Somalia as a foreign fighter,’ Mr O’Gorman told ABC News.
‘Mr Abdi was not a bad person — he was a young man who — on information known to me — suffered a significant adverse mental health event yesterday and last night.’
‘His family have asked me to particularly get the message out that Raghe was not in anyway connected with terrorism — Raghe yesterday clearly suffered a serious mental health event,’ he said.
He is calling on police to stop the ‘deplorable practice’ of painting victims of police shootings in the worst possible light following the events.