THE family of Hayden Paul Stacey (22) have issued a statement after he was shot by police in Wannanup on Sunday.
The statement said Mr Stacey was a son, a brother, a grandson, a great grandson, a nephew, a cousin and a friend.
“Hayden was a beautiful soul,” the statement said.
“He was a very loving and polite young man with his whole life ahead of him.
“He was also very troubled with mental illness.
“This is a tragic loss of a young person’s life.
“One that could have been avoided.
“He is at peace now.
“From our family to yours we urge anyone who is feeling like they need help and support, please let family help you.
Mr Stacey was taken to Peel Health Campus with a bullet wound in the early hours of Sunday morning and died soon after.
Police said South Metro Response officers were patrolling in Wannanup after reports of a man acting suspiciously in the area
Police claim Mr Stacey was armed with a knife in Rod Court, near The Pines restaurant, about 12.20am.
Police said Mr Stacey moved towards an officer and ignored requests to drop the knife.
Officers discharged their tasers and when these proved ineffective, discharged a firearm.
Police administered CPR to Mr Stacey at the scene before St John Ambulance took him to Peel Health Campus.
Detectives from the Homicide Squad and Internal Affairs Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online.