Charged with attempted murder
A MAN shot by police at Mount Marshall north of Warwick on New Year’s Eve after a dramatic stolen vehicle incident has re-appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court.
Tommie Roy McCarthy, 24, is charged with the attempted murder of a police officer he allegedly tried to run down, while at the wheel of a high-powered Holden sedan.
Police were at the time trying to stop the vehicle and detain McCarthy and an accomplice after a lengthy pursuit along the Cunningham Highway.
They successfully did so a short time after the shot was fired, with McCarthy and his accomplice attempting to flee into the bush on foot.
McCarthy is also charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, driving without a licence, stealing, failing to stop a motor vehicle, assaulting or obstructing police and breaching his bail.
He has been in custody since New Year’s Eve and was led into court yesterday wearing a long-sleeved shirt which appeared to conceal a medical dressing on his left arm.
He sat expressionless in the dock while appearing before Magistrate Andrew Cridland, who heard that McCarthy’s legal representatives, Legal Aid in Brisbane, required another month to prepare their defence case.
The court was told evidence and exhibits were being finalised, with Mr Cridland setting down McCarthy’s charges for a further mention in Warwick on April 21.
McCarthy will not be required to appear in court on that date and was again remanded in custody.
An investigation into the shooting by the Queensland Police Ethical Standards Command is understood to be continuing.