Molayee then left their Sunnybank home and was found by police in the parking lot of a nearby McDonald’s.
“When approached by police, Mr. Molayee raised his hands and was seen holding a can of gasoline in one hand and a lighter in the other,” Helsen told the court.
“He told the police to back off. As a result, officers moved away from the vehicle.
Helsen said police attempted to negotiate with Molayee through his car window, while several police units, including PSRT vehicles, were positioned around his car and on surrounding streets.
“After a short time, Mr. Molayee doused himself with lighter fluid and attempted to strike a lighter, which failed to ignite,” she said.
“That’s when the police used a truncheon to try to break the driver’s window. It didn’t work. The car then caught fire and Mr. Molayee was engulfed.
Molayee broke free from the car, still engulfed in flames.
Within seconds, Molayee was running at full speed towards the police, who told him to come back.
Non-lethal force was used against Molayee, who changed direction, running towards another officer, where non-lethal force was again used, but proved ineffective.
One officer, Senior Constable David Collander of the PSRT team, fired four bullets, two of which hit Molayee, who fell to the ground.
First aid was administered but he died that night. His autopsy determined that the cause of his death was gunshot wounds to the chest.
The officer in charge of Queensland Police’s firearms training section said the use of lethal force could be justified and tactically sound given the threat.
He made recommendations for officer training, and Helsen said additional information and expert advice would be sought.
“Particularly with regard to self-immolation, given the upward trend and unfortunate need for officers to respond to calls for such incidents, which are apparently on the increase,” Helsen said.