|Aussie police kill father after son, 11, bashed to death
An Australian killed his 11-year-old son following cricket practice before being shot dead by police in front of horrified onlookers, including children.
Luke Batty was beaten, reportedly with a cricket bat to the head, soon after training with his junior team last evening at the Tyabb oval on the Mornington Peninsula, 100 kilometers southeast of Melbourne.
He died at the scene.
Police said they arrived to find the father, 54, armed with a knife. When capsicum, or pepper spray failed to subdue him, he was shot once in the chest.
The man was airlifted to hospital but died early today.
Reports said the father was estranged from his wife and a custody battle was underway. They said he had a history of violence and was living in his car.
Police said there were multiple witnesses to the boy's death, including children and parents.
Tyabb is a community of 3,300 people.