Monday, 20 August, 2018

Death of police officer in Lockyer Valley

Members of the public are being told to avoid Wallers Forestry Ringwood and Ford Roads in the Lockyer Valley region. Locals are being advised to stay indoors Death of police officer in Lockyer Valley
Christy Curtis | 30 May, 2017, 06:05

Police commissioner Ian Stewart jhad told a press conference late on Monday night that police wanted to resolve the stand-off "as peacefully as humanly possible".

"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".

'Initial information suggests shots were fired at police in Seventeen Mile, and a police vehicle has been involved in a traffic incident'.

Stewart said he was a dedicated officer and a "fine son" of the state's police force.

After the attack Maddison fled to a farm shed near Gatton, where he's been holed up since 4pm Monday.

The armed man is still on the run and police are warning locals to stay indoors.

"He's on a farm next to a dam, police told us", resident Peter Hills said.

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

"Brett's death has hit our police family particularly hard and this incident is a reminder of the complexities and challenges our officers are confronted with".

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

An exclusion zone in place for the area of Fords Rd, Forestry Rd West, Sandy Creek Rd, Gerard Lane, 17 Mile, Wallers Rd and Forest Rd.

A police source says the shooter got out of his auto during the chase and shot the officer before driving down a dirt road at Seventeen Mile, just north-west of Gatton.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk sent condolences to the slain officer's friends and family.

Wayne Lyons, who lives on Wallers Road, said he saw four police cars chasing a four-wheel-drive in the early afternoon before the vehicles disappeared into a wooded area.

Nine said neighbours had heard gunfire coming from Maddison's property over the last couple of months. "Local residents are being advised to remain inside".

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