The family of Rick Maddison, the man who shot dead Senior Constable Brett Forte, has released a statement.
In the statement, the family expressed their “heartfelt condolences” for the tragic loss of Constable Forte.
“We express our support for the Queensland Police Service and the often difficult and dangerous work its officers are required to undertake,” the statement reads.
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“We particularly wish to thank police negotiators for their attempts to resolve a very difficult situation peacefully”.
“Rick’s actions cannot be excused, nor is it likely they will ever be fully understood.
“To us he was not the one-dimensional career criminal which the media are now portraying, but rather a loved son, brother, nephew, uncle, grandson, friend and mate to many and as such will be sadly mourned.
Rick Maddison, 40, was shot dead by police after a 21 hour siege in the Lockyer Valley.