Queensland Police have increased a reward to help crack the country’s only unsolved police shooting investigation.
It’s over an attempted murder in Logan 21 years ago, where an officer was shot while responding to a very serious incident in Browns Plains.
$500,000 is now on offer for information about the incident, which happened around 8.30am on March 24, 1999.
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Police say two male offenders had forced entry into a bank and detained those present at gunpoint.
Two police officers then attended, when one was shot in the groin while raising his hands. The offenders then stole his gun – a Sturm Ruger .357 six-shot revolver which is still missing.
The other officer, who was positioned at the rear of the premises, was then sprayed with glass particles after the offenders shot through the rear window twice.
The offenders then fled the scene, taking two staff members as hostages. They stole a car at gunpoint along Browns Plains Road, and later abandoned it at Park Ridge.
They were wearing off-white plastic masks, surgical style gloves and were seen to be carrying two-way radios.
Luckily, the officer who was shot later underwent emergency surgery, where it was determined the projectile had missed major arteries by millimetres.
An initial reward of $100,000 was increased to $250,000 in 2004, however, with the case still open, the reward amount has been boosted to $500,000 from today.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Condon said it was hoped the increased reward and passage of time would finally lead to an arrest in the case.
“There are now 500,000 reasons for someone to come forward,” Assistant Commissioner Condon said.
“On the day, the police officers were just doing their job, responding to a very serious incident – trying to keep the community safe.
“The community expects these cowardly acts to be fully investigated and these offenders brought to justice no matter how long it takes. Police will never give up and we have new information that is very promising.
“We urge anyone who may have any information in relation to this matter to come forward and contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”
In addition to the increased reward, police say an appropriate indemnity from prosecution will be recommended for any accomplice, not being the person who actually committed the crime, who first gives such information.
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.