A GUNMAN has repeatedly shot at a police officer at Mitchell in southwest Queensland overnight.The constable was lucky to escape with his life after shots were fired through the window of his police car at Mitchell, west of Roma.
The officer was alone when he was called to investigate reports of shots being fired in a public place on Cambridge St.
When he arrived at the scene at 12.15am today, he came under fire himself.
"The officer was shot at on several occasions . . . with at least two projectiles passing through the driver's side of the vehicle's windscreen," police said.
"The officer was able to exit the vehicle and take cover."
The front passenger window was shattered.
Police have charged a 24-year-old man with attempted murder after arresting him near the Maranoa River.
He's also been charged with unlawfully killing a dog.
He's facing a third charge of discharging a weapon in a public place.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said it was a very worrying incident that demonstrated the dangers of policing.
"Police go to work every day not knowing what challenges will confront them," he said in a statement.
"I am very thankful this officer was not seriously injured."
The alleged gunman is due to face the Roma Magistrates Court later today.