A police officer has died after being hit by a suspected stolen car as he tried to stop on a major highway it north of Brisbane.
There are reports the 53-year-old Senior Constable was trying to deploy a tyre deflation device when he was struck along the Bruce Highway near Burpengary just after 3am on Saturday.
Queensland Police have confirmed he was pronounced deceased at the scene.
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The vehicle responsible kept on driving and P the white Hyundai Kona SUV involved in the incident is now the subject of an extensive search.
The Bruce Highway is expected to remain closed near Oly Gympie Road as the Forensic Crash Unit and Ethical Standards Command investigate the incident.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the officer’s death was an absolute tragedy for the Queensland Police Service and the entire Queensland community.
“It is with a very heavy heart we confirm the loss of one of our own, a senior constable who was working hard to protect his community,” Commissioner Carroll said.
“My sincerest condolences go out to the officer’s family, friends and colleagues at this incredibly difficult time.
“This is devastating news for our police family and we are offering support to all officers and staff.
“Sadly, this incident demonstrates the dangers our officers face when working to keep our community safe each and every day.”