Intense Siege Situation Underway With Alleged Police Killer
Queensland Police remain in an intense stand-off with the man who allegedly shot and killed senior constable Brett Forte yesterday afternoon.
The shooter, who has reportedly been identified as wanted man, Rick Maddison, has been holed up inside a property near Gatton and is negotiating with Police overnight.
A large exclusion zone has been set up between Fords Road, Forestry Road West, Sandy Creek Road, Gerard Lane, Seventeen Mile Road, Wallers Road and Forest Road.
Residents in the area have been warned to stay inside, lock the doors and wait until the siege situation has been contained.
Forte has been remembered as a dedicated officer, family man and a "fine son" of the state's police force.
The Senior Constable was killed and others received minor injuries after a "wanted man" evaded police in a traffic stop in the Lockyer Valley just before 2pm on Monday.
Police overnight were negotiating with a gunman holed up in a farm house.
"We have a person contained and at my last advice we were negotiating with that person," Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said at a press conference on Monday night.
He said police were continue working to resolve the stand-off "as peacefully as humanly possible".
A police source says the wanted man, who is believed to be armed with a machine gun, got out of his car during the chase and shot the officer before driving down a dirt road at Seventeen Mile, just northwest of Gatton.
It's understood another police vehicle rolled over after the chase resumed and the offender also fired at a police helicopter while entering the farm house.
Senior Constable Forte was a father of two who served with the Queensland Police Service for more than 15 years and was part of Toowoomba's Tactical Crime Squad.
"As you would well imagine, the whole family is devastated. Both his own family, the family of his wife and their extended family," Commissioner Stewart said.
"We've lost a fine son today."
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk sent condolences to the slain officer's friends and family and said members of the public should be "immensely grateful" for the work of the police force.
"Every day, the brave officers of the Queensland Police Service put their lives on the line when they go to work," she said in a statement, with Police Minister Mark Ryan calling him "a hero".
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers, who knew the late senior constable and described him as a decent person and family man, said the loss was a tragedy.