An inquest has questioned why fugitive Rodney Clavell was subject to such a major operation to hunt him down in the weeks before a 12-hour siege and his death in an Adelaide brothel.
Opening the inquiry on Friday, counsel assisting Ahura Kalali detailed Clavell's criminal history and suspected offending before the stand-off with police in June 2014.
He questioned why the hunt for Clavell was elevated to the Serious Crimes Task Force, and why it became the subject of a media and public campaign.
Warrants for his arrest at the time related only to car thefts and unlawful possession of a firearm, yet he was considered high risk by police, the inquest was told.
As part of the media campaign, Mr Kalali said incorrect information was also released that Clavell had shot at police during previous offending.
"There's no explanation as to why Rodney Clavell was deserving of such a media campaign and why this matter was to be handled by Serious and Organised Crime," he said.
"Why was this matter coming to the attention of some very senior ranking police officers?"
Mr Kalali said it was only possible to speculate on the effects of such intense efforts to track down the 46-year-old who had worked as a prison guard at one stage.
"Did Mr Clavell see himself as being targeted unfairly?" he said.
"Did he think he was being singled out? Did that make him more dangerous?"
Mr Kalali said such issues were all "reasonable questions" to be asked.
Adding all that to the media interest surrounding some previous offending in 2004 when Clavell was shot by police and "this story was not going to go away".
Clavell was in hiding and on the run from police for two weeks leading up to the siege and is thought to have shot himself.
A post-mortem examination found he died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
When police recovered his body there was no one else inside the building.
Before apparently taking his own life, the 46-year-old had released four women from the brothel as police called on him to give himself up and end the incident peacefully.
Statements from those women suggested some were at times scared and felt they were being held captive.
However, one woman who knew Clavell before the incident, told police she did not feel threatened.
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Australian Associated Press