Mother of man shot by Gold Coast police praises officers for ‘doing their job’
The mother of a man shot by police says she “couldn’t speak highly enough” about the officers who responded to her call for help after her son “just snapped”.
- Officers opened fire after responding to a call for help from Paul Dubrovsky’s mother
- Wendy Watkins says they repeatedly called out to her son, ‘drop the knives, drop the knives’
- He was shot by police several times in the torso and is currently undergoing surgery
Paul Dubrovsky, 49, allegedly charged at police with knives during a dramatic confrontation on the Gold Coast overnight.
Mr Dubrovsky’s mother, Wendy Watkins, said she twice called police after her son walked onto the street with two knives.
“I could hear [officers] saying all the time, ‘drop the knives, drop the knives’ — they said that 20 or 30 times,” she said.
Ms Watkins said her son had been suffering from ongoing physical and mental health issues, which were compounded by a recent family tragedy and problems with alcohol.
“I’m no doctor, but I think he just snapped,” she said.
“I think everybody’s got a point where enough is enough and the system just breaks down, and I think this is how this has happened.”
Officers were called to Wentworth Avenue at Molendinar about 10:40pm on Monday after reports an armed man aged in his 40s was causing a disturbance on the street.
Superintendent Mark White said officers shot Mr Dubrovsky up to six times in the torso.
Mr Dubrovsky remains in a stable condition in the Gold Coast University Hospital.
‘What else could they do?’
Ms Watkins said she “couldn’t speak highly enough” about how police handled the situation.
“As much as I want to punch their lights out, you have to be aware of what was actually happening, and they’re only human too.”
A crime scene was set up on Wentworth Avenue as the Ethical Standards Command investigates the shooting.
Police charged Mr Dubrovsky with two counts of assaulting police, possessing a knife in public, and acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm.
Mr Dubrovsky is due to face Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday.