Pregnant woman stabbed, man shot in 200km crime spree
A man has been shot by police after an alleged crime spree that spanned 200km across Queensland this morning.
The man allegedly robbed a hotel in Hervey Bay, on the state's south coast, in the early hours of this morning before stealing a car and driving south to Maryborough.
It is alleged he then tried to steal another car in Tinana South, a suburb in Maryborough, but the owner of the vehicle refused.
He reportedly then threatened a pregnant woman with a knife before cutting her and stealing her car at about 7.45am.
It is understood the woman was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital but the extent of her injuries is unknown.
Police spotted the stolen vehicle near Tiaro and gave chase.
Officers used tyre spikes on the Bruce Highway at Nambour to bring the man's crime spree to an end.
He was then confronted by heavily armed police.
A Queensland Police spokesperson confirmed to news.com.au that the man had been shot during the arrest.
Eyewitness, Julie-Ann Kurikawa, told the Courier Mail the man was "lying on the ground bleeding" and the whole thing was like a "movie scene".
"It was very traumatic. I just closed my eyes," she said.
"He was screaming at me, I was panicking."
#BREAKING: A pregnant woman has been stabbed, and the Bruce Highway is closed in both directions at Nambour after a man allegedly went on a crime spree from Hervey Bay to the Sunshine Coast. @TahliaSarv #9News pic.twitter.com/ubT1MuSLyx— Nine News Queensland (@9NewsQueensland) July 10, 2019
A police spokesman said the situation is still unfolding and has warned members of the public to avoid the area.
The Bruce Highway on the Sunshine Coast was blocked in both directions but some lanes have started to reopen.