SHATTERED locals have recounted a nightmarish confrontation in which a father bashed his 11-year-old son to death before being fatally shot by police at a country Victorian cricket club.
The 54-year-old Chelsea Heights man died in the Alfred Hospital at 1.30am today, a police spokeswoman said.
Earlier, his 11-year-old son died from severe head injuries at the scene at the oval in Tyabb, near Hastings, following the local club’s cricket training last night.
The boy is believed to be Luke Batty, a Year 6 student at at Flinders Christian Community College.
Police were called to the scene after reports of the child being beaten. Police say the man confronted officers with a knife when they arrived about 6.40pm, and he was shot.
Ambulance Victoria paramedics treated the boy, but he died at the scene.
The boy’s mother’s Subaru Outback station wagon remained at the Tyabb Cricket Ground on the Mornington Peninsula southeast of Melbourne this morning, as local Trent Gundry, 15, recalled the incident.
Trent said he knew the boy through the football club, and had remained at the scene late into last night, having witnessed the father’s alleged attack on the son, which happened at the conclusion of junior cricket training.
“He just kept on beating him with a cricket bat and then he died,” Trent said.
Police are yet to confirm the details of how the boy was killed.
”I can’t go into the details on what the injuries were for the young boy, but (they were) significant injuries,’’ Commander Doug Fryer said.
“Forensic examination has been done at the scene and we’re just putting the pieces together still.’’
The boy’s mother was at the scene last night and police have been speaking to her throughout the night.
“I said last night, I don’t know how a mother gets past losing a son in these sorts of ways,’’ Commander Fryer said.
”But she had friends there to support her and she is certainly assisting police.
“What she saw and the offence that unfolded will play out in the coroners court sometime to come.’’.
Commander Fryer said police acted in accordance with their training.
”It was certainly a dynamic situation, they were confronted with a critical incident and they used the options they thought best.’’
Jim Brennan, 74, has lived in the area for 37 years and regularly walks around the Tyabb oval of a morning.
He described last night’s events as an “absolute tragedy”.
“You don’t expect it in a quiet town like this,” he said.
The Homicide squad is investigating the deaths.
Their inquiries are being overseen by Professional Standards Command.
The boy was in year six at Flinders Christian College.
Executive principal Jill Healey said the school was bringing in extra counsellors and chaplains to support students.
Many local schools and churches were helping as well.
”We are well prepared today for caring for the grief that will obviously be in the school community,’’ she told Fairfax radio.
“Support us with love and prayer especially for the family.’’
Additional reporting: AAP