Man who killed Qld officer shot dead by police

UPDATE @ 11.30am: A 20-hour siege in the Lockyer Valley has come to an end, with the gunman accused of killing Queensland officer Brett Forte shot dead by police.

The wanted man was shot in the chest by police after opening fire at officers whilst trying to run from the farmhouse he was holed up in around 11.00am.

Officers performed CPR on the 40-year-old gunman, however he died at the scene.


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Senior Constable Brett Forte was shot dead after trying to pull over the wanted man around 2.00pm on Monday afternoon.

EARLIER @ 4.30am: Police are still negotiating with a gunman who shot dead one of their colleagues in the Lockyer Valley on Monday afternoon.

Senior Constable Brett Forte was killed and others received minor injuries after a “wanted man” shot at them after evading the officers when they tried to pull him over just before 2pm.

The gunman has since holed himself up in a farmhouse, prompting police to declare an  emergency situation near the Lockyer State Forrest shortly before 4pm.

A large area encompassing Fords Road, Forestry Road West, Sandy Creek Road, Gerard Lane, Seventeen Mile Road, Wallers Road and Forest Road is in lockdown.

“We have a person contained and at my last advice we were negotiating with that person,” Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said at a press conference on Monday night.

He said police were continue working to resolve the stand-off “as peacefully as humanly possible” following the father of two’s death.

“As you would well imagine, the whole family is devastated. Both his own family, the family of his wife and their extended family,” the commissioner said.

“We’ve lost a fine son today.”

The respected policeman served with the Queensland Police Service for more than 15 years and was part of Toowoomba’s Tactical Crime Squad.

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

“Every day, the brave officers of the Queensland Police Service put their lives on the line when they go to work,” she said in a statement.

“Each of us should be immensely grateful for the work they do.”

Police Minister Mark Ryan shared similar sentiments.

“Along with millions of Queenslanders, I pay tribute to his service,” Mr Ryan said.

“He will never be forgotten.”

In a tragic coincidence, his death comes on the anniversary of slain Gold Coast detective Damian Leeding’s shooting following an armed robbery at the Pacific Pines Tavern in 2011.

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