Talented cricket player and footballer Luke Batty, 11
A father has died after he was shot by police who tried to stop him as he stabbed his 11-year-old son and then beat him to death with a cricket bat at a crowded suburban sports oval in Australia.
Horrified parents and children who were gathered at the ground for evening cricket training watched the 54-year-old man attack his son with a knife.
The boy, a talented cricket player who has been identified as Luke Batty, was believed to have arrived the training session with his mother, when his enraged father turned up at the scene.
The drama unfolded at around 6.30pm on Wednesday at Tyabb Cricket Ground, an outer suburb of Melbourne on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.
Tyabb is a quiet township with a country fire station, a railway station and three small primary schools including Flinders Christian Community College, where the boy was a sixth grade pupil.
Witnesses told the Herald Sun the father turned on them with the knife, forcing one of the officers to shoot him in the chest