A man has died in a fiery crash with a police car hours after bludgeoning his mother-in-law to death at her home in Rockhampton.
Police said the man, armed with a machete and a hammer, attacked the 53-year-old woman in what is believed to be a domestic dispute early on Friday morning.
The woman’s daughter and one-year-old child, who also live at the property in Frenchville, were at home at the time of the attack.
Police said the man, 25, was the father of the one year old and was the subject of a domestic violence order taken out by the victim’s daughter a few days ago.
Detective Acting Inspector Luke Peachey said: “It was for him to have no contact and for him not to approach the residence.
“Nothing led us to believe this sort of action would take place.
“We do know the suspect was armed with a number of weapons including a machete and a hammer.
“It was obviously an horrific scene not only for the daughter who found the victim [but also for] police at the scene.”
Neighbours said the woman moved into the rental property in Mills Avenue about six weeks ago along with her young child.
The man fled the scene about 6:00am and several hours later was involved in the high-speed crash some 30 kilometres away at Livingstone.
He rammed his sedan into a stationary police car, which caught on fire, injuring the officer inside.
Police said the man died from what appeared to be self-inflicted stab wounds and knives were found inside his car.
The policeman managed to escape from the burning vehicle but was taken to hospital with minor injuries and suffering shock.
“He was filling out his log book when he was rammed for no reason what so ever,” Detective Peachey said.
“He was involved in high-speed crash sitting there not expecting it at all I imagine he would not have had a chance to brace himself.
“He was very lucky to survive this. Very lucky that we are not talking about three deaths here today, instead of two.”