A woman has been charged with murder over the death of a Queensland Police officer north of Brisbane.
Senior Constable David Masters was killed after being struck by a stolen car while laying road spikes on the Bruce Highway at Burpengary early on Saturday morning.
The Hyundai Kona fled the scene and was found burnt out around 25 kilometres away on Saturday afternoon.
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A 24-year-old Morayfield woman was arrested at a home in Upper Caboolture.
Police will allege she was a passenger in the stolen car.
She has been charged with one count each of murder, arson (motor vehicle) and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
The woman has been refused bail to front the Caboolture Magistrates Court on Monday.
The search for the driver is continuing.
Tributes continue to flow for Senior Constable Masters who is being remembered as a dedicated officer.
A distraught Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll fought back tears as she paid tribute to the 53-year-old.
“Police officers are very close – it’s one big family – and today is a very tough day,” she said.
“Dave is a highly regarded police officer (with) ten years in the organisation … hardworking, capable, a beacon at the station, much loved by everyone.”
“Our thoughts are with his wife and his son, his extended family and friends.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Police Minister Mark Ryan also expressed their condolences to Senior Constable Masters’ family, friends and colleagues.
“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this terrible tragedy,” they said in a statement.
“Senior Constable Masters lost his life while protecting the lives of others.
“Police put themselves in the line of danger every day to protect us and keep us safe, and today, tragically, they lost one of their own.”