Charges laid over only unsolved police shooting in Australia

Police have finally laid charges over an attempted murder of a police officer in Logan over 20 years ago, which is the only unsolved police shooting in the country.

On March 24, 1999, two men allegedly broke into a bank in Browns Plains before holding staff and customers at gunpoint.

Two police officers responded and within moments was allegedly shot by an offender, before the pair took off on foot with an officer’s gun.


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They allegedly took two staff members as hostages, and stole a vehicle at gunpoint. They were never found.

Last month, Queensland Police launched a fresh appeal for information with a $500,000 reward on offer for anyone who could provide information that would lead to an arrest.

Following an extensive investigation, detectives from the Logan Criminal Investigation Branch executed a series of search warrants on December 22.

A 49-year-old Brisbane man has been charged with 13 offences including two counts of attempted murder, three counts of robbery with actual violence whilst armed, one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and seven counts of deprivation of liberty.

He’s expected to front court today.

Detective Inspector Tod Reid said the arrest was a major breakthrough in Australia’s only unsolved police shooting case.

“The dedicated investigative team have worked tirelessly on this case and while there is still a lot of work to do, the arrest is certainly a major milestone in the investigative process,” Detective Inspector Tod Reid said.

“I would like to acknowledge the assistance from the public we have received on this matter to date, and would encourage anyone with information who is yet to speak with police to come forward.”

Investigations are still continuing and the $500,000 is still on offer.

Related article: Police increase reward to $500K over 1999 Logan police shooting

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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