Fund set up for family of slain police officer

The Queensland Police Union has established a fund for the family of an officer who was fatally shot west of Brisbane.

Senior Constable Brett Forte was killed when a wanted man opened fire during a traffic stop in the Lockyer Valley, sparking a 21-hour siege, which ended with the gunman’s death.

The Queensland Police Union’s Ian Leavers says the incident has devastated Senior Constable Forte’s colleagues.


“It has shocked the police community, they’re devastated…,” he said.

“It’s not something they would have expected, and they’re in complete shock.”

Police Minister Mark Ryan says the union is encouraging members of the public to donate to Senior Constable Forte’s family.

Donations can be made at any Q-Bank or Westpac branch.

Meanwhile floral tributes have been laid outside the Toowoomba police station for the slain officer.

The 41-year-old was a member of Toowoomba’s Tactical Crime Squad.

Senior Constable Forte is being remembered as a hard-working, well-liked officer and loving father.

Southern Region Assistant Commissioner Tony Wright says the force is providing support for everyone involved.