Qld cop killer shot dead in shootout

Police have declared an emergency situation in the Lockyer Valley
Queensland police officer shot dead, gunman on the run
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30 May, 2017

A gunman who shot dead Queensland policeman Brett Forte has himself been killed during a final shootout with police west of Brisbane.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said the officer was shot "simply trying to apprehend a wanted person".

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. "That male person has been declared deceased at the scene".

Now the man, who allegedly shot dead Senior Constable Forte on Monday afternoon, is dead after taking several shots to the chest.

Local resident Kyal Pennell, 23, who is trapped in his home due to the exclusion zone, said he could hear "non-stop bursts of automatic gunfire" and police sirens.

"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.

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

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

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A standoff then took place for the next 18 hours as Maddison holed up in a shed on the farm before he attempted to escape into bushland this morning around 11am.

He said police were continue working to resolve the stand-off "as peacefully as humanly possible" following the father of two's death.

Rick Maddison is suspected of fatally shooting Toowoomba police officer Brett Forte.

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.

Police set up an exclusion zone and declared an emergency situation.

"It is so distressing - not just to the police service - but to the community, that we have lost a fine police officer", Mr Stewart said.

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


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