A man is recovering from surgery after being shot by police in a Gold Coast apartment basement.
Two constables were investigating reports of a suspicious vehicle at Solaire Apartments in Surfers Paradise about 1.30am on Sunday when they were confronted by a man with a weapon.
Superintendent Michelle Stenner said several shots were fired by the officers at the Cypress Avenue property, at least one of which hit the man.
The man, who was known to police, has undergone surgery for non-life threatening injuries and remains in a stable condition at Gold Coast University Hospital.
A female constable is also in a stable condition after being treated for shock and grazes at the same hospital.
Her male partner is in “good spirits” and is assisting with the investigation into the shooting.
“Both the officers have shown tremendous bravery and courage in the face of what could have been a very dire outcome for all involved,” Supt Stenner said.
“This is probably an officer’s worst nightmare.”
Claire Glidden, who lives in the apartment building across the road, said she was woken by her barking dogs and shouting.
“I did hear bangs but not loud enough to be gunshots but it was in the garage so they were muffled,” Ms Glidden said.
“It’s crazy. You don’t expect it on the street you live on.”