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Hero cops under investigation over gun-wielding assailant

THEY faced a rifle-wielding assailant at a violent domestic dispute and disarmed him with one shot which knocked the weapon from his hands.

Two Gracemere policemen involved in the dramatic Gracemere incident a few days before Christmas may be up for bravery awards after their courageous actions.

The pair arrested Warwick man, Ricky James Bauer after they were called to a Taramoore St residence about 9pm Tuesday December 22 following reports of a disturbance.

They arrived to find Bauer allegedly holding a rifle.

The 41-year-old, believed to be under the influence of drugs at the time, allegedly threatened police and as a result was fired at by officers, then arrested.

Yesterday, a QPS spokesperson confirmed the incident remained under investigation by the Ethical Standards Command and a final outcome was yet to be determined.

Queensland Police Union regional representative for the central region, Bill Feldman, who was initially critical of the investigation, labelling the system "unfair and onerous", yesterday held little concerns about the outcome.

He said the officers had performed courageously.

"As far as I am aware, they are both being considered for bravery awards at this stage."

"It could have ended so much more tragically for everyone concerned."

He said an investigation was common practice whenever a weapon was produced or fired by police officers during an incident.

Mr Feldman didn't believe any issues would arise from the shooting investigation.

A QPS spokesperson also responded to his criticism into the system saying a review into the QPS disciplinary system was "ongoing and now in the consultation phase".

The alleged offender, Bauer has been charged with carrying dangerous goods, possessing dangerous drugs, unlicensed possession of explosives, two counts of failing to take reasonable care of a syringe, receiving tainted property firearm or ammunition, serious assault on a police officer while armed, unlawful possession of weapons and wilful damage.

He appeared in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on December 24 facing the 12 charges and was remanded in custody.

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