Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Medical | By Carla Vaughn

Police killer shot dead by police

Police killer shot dead by police

Police were negotiating with a gunman into Tuesday morning, after Senior Constable Brett Forte was killed during a traffic stop west of Brisbane Monday afternoon.

He sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and died a short time later.

He was tracked by police to the shed around 4pm on Monday after he also fired at other officers, police vehicles and a police helicopter. "The male person has been shot and that male person has been declared deceased at the scene".

A member of the Toowoomba's Tactical Crime Squad, Sen Const Forte's death came after police tried to pull over Maddison on Monday afternoon.

A police spokesman said there had been "no major developments" overnight.

On Monday, Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said he wanted to resolve the siege "as peacefully as humanly possible".

Other police officers at the scene of the shooting had been able to extract Senior Constable Forte and themselves.

Whilst the full circumstances of today's tragic incident are still being determined, I want to highlight the tremendous bravery and tenacity of our police officers and the incredible dangers they face on a daily basis in keeping our community safe.

Maddison remained holed up in a Ringwood property as police cordoned off the surrounding roads
FAIRFAX MEDIA Maddison remained holed up in a Ringwood property as police cordoned off the surrounding roads

Police have been negotiating with the man for several hours.

"He has been challenged by police at that point in time; he has fired at those police", he said.

A resident and witness told the Courier Mail that the man ran on to a farm and into a container soon after killing the officer.

Nine said neighbours had heard gunfire coming from Maddison's property over the last couple of months.

The police officer fatally wounded after a wanted man opened fire during a pursuit has been identified as Senior Constable Brett Forte.

"Every day, the fearless officers of the Queensland Police Service put their lives on the line when they go to work", she said in a statement.

Lockyer Valley mayor Tanya Milligan reinforced the police advice for residents to remain inside and expressed her condolences for the police officer's family.

"As you would well imagine, the whole family is devastated".

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