Violent woman-slasher shot dead by cops is identified
A man shot dead by police after he slashed a female in a suburban street north of Brisbane has been identified as 27-year-old Damon Savage.
Savage was shot outside his Dakabin home early on Thursday morning, after negotiations by police failed in forcing him to drop multiple knives he was allegedly armed with.
Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming said police attempted to deploy their tasers before they were forced to fire multiple shots.
The terrified woman ran door to door begging for help as she fled her armed attacker.
Dakabin neighbours Chris Weston and his partner opened their door to the distressed woman as she fled the attack around midnight.
Neighbours listened on as the man screamed "get out of that house" however the Weston's successfully sheltered the woman as police rushed to the scene.
"A lady's life was saved," Mr Weston posted to Facebook today.
"I will add that my partner and our girls as well were amazing.
"Absolutely terrifying situation we've been involved in (sic).
"Fair to say we could have all been injured or killed for helping save someone.
"We are however safe and well including the lady we protected due to some quick thinking on my partner's behalf, and the actions of the QPS."
Another neighbour described the horrifying ordeal, saying the attacker was screaming abuse.
"Just after midnight I heard a lot of screaming from a female and a lot of verbal abuse from a male, a lot of threatening… calling her all sorts of names (like) mutt, dog, and all sorts of abuse," Freda Alesana said.
The Courier-Mail understands Savage had worked as a kitchen hand in the past and was currently looking for work in the transport industry.
He had also recently joined a local couch surfing website.
The police involved in Thursday's midnight fatal shooting today returned to the scene to retrace their steps and provide evidence, which will now form part of the ongoing Ethical Standards Investigation.
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Originally published as Slasher shot dead by cops identified