REVEALED: The ID of man shot after dramatic Bruce Hwy chase


A MOTHER told her children to shut their eyes as an alleged car thief was shot metres from them following a major police chase on the Bruce Highway on Wednesday morning.

Dylan Matthew Hammond, 25, remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital after he was shot and run over as police intercepted an allegedly stolen sedan at Parklands, north of Nambour.

As the horrific scenes unfolded in front of hundreds of onlookers stuck in nightmare traffic due to the incident, a frightened Julia-Ann Kurikawa could be heard telling her young children to "just close your eyes OK".

A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman confirmed Mr Hammond was suspected of involvement in the major crime spree that started in the Wide Bay region.

No charges have been formally laid.

The police chased a car from north of Gympie and dozens of police apprehended a man near Parklands, just north of Nambour on the Bruce Highway. Traffic was stopped in both directions for several hours.
SERT officers shot Mr Hammond in the hip after the alleged Bruce Highway car chase. John McCutcheon

District officer for Wide Bay and Burnett Superintendent Greg Hawkins said police followed Mr Hammond from early on, but did not pursue him in fear that someone else could get seriously injured.

"We have been actively seeking his whereabouts for a number of weeks," Supt Hawkins said.

"We are very fortunate on this occasion that no one else was hurt, given the circumstances where (it's alleged) a bladed weapon was involved, a firearm was involved and the manor of driving was particularly dangerous.

"We are very fortunate we haven't had any fatalities."

Dylan Matthew Hammond, 25, was shot by SERT officers after he allegedly led police on a massive chase along the Bruce Highway on Wednesday morning. Picture: John McCutcheon
Dylan Matthew Hammond, 25, was shot by SERT officers after he allegedly led police on a massive chase along the Bruce Highway on Wednesday morning. Picture: John McCutcheon John McCutcheon

The alleged crime spree began just before 6.30am when Mr Hammond allegedly forced a man out of his Holden Colorado ute on Watson St at Hervey Bay armed with a knife.

He then allegedly picked up a woman, who was not being treated as an accomplice or hostage, and went for a joyride before dumping the ute an hour later at Maryborough.

Police have alleged he then broke into a home at Tinana just before 8am and demanded a vehicle belonging to a pregnant woman inside the house.

According to police, the 37-year-old woman refused and was stabbed in her hand during a struggle. Mr Hammond then allegedly fired shots at the woman before fleeing the scene.

She was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital with superficial injuries in a stable condition.

"I haven't spoken to her but she would be highly traumatised by it, as anyone would be," Supt Hawkins said.

It's further alleged Mr Hammond went into another home at Tinana and stole a white sedan from another man.

The car travelled south at speed along the Bruce Highway before being seen crashing into roadworks south of Tiaro and into a truck at Gympie.

Multiple police crews from Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Gympie and the Sunshine Coast, along with PolAir, were involved in the chase before the sedan was intercepted on the Bruce Highway at Parklands.

Officers from the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) shot Mr Hammond in the hip during a confrontation and, as he laid bleeding on the ground, he was run over by a passing caravan.

A man who led police on a massive car chase on the Bruce Highway was reportedly shot after he crashed his car on the Sunshine Coast.
A mother tried to shield her children from the horrific scenes as Mr Hammond was shot by police and run over metres in front of their car. Contributed

The Bruce Highway was closed in both directions following the incident, but was reopened shortly after.

The Criminal Investigations Branch and Forensic Crash Unit is continuing investigations into the incidents. The Ethical Standards Command has commenced a critical incident investigation into the police response, with oversight by the Crime and Corruption Commission.