QLD cop killed by gunman on the run

by Joy Montgomery May 30, 2017, 6:15
QLD cop killed by gunman on the run

It is alleged the wanted man then sprayed the two police cars with bullets using a semi-automatic machine gun, The Australian reports.

By sunset the gunman was holed up in the farm house inside a locked-down area and in a siege situation with Special Emergency Response Team officers.

Queensland Police Union (QPU) president Ian Leavers said earlier today Senior Constable Forte had died doing a job he loved.

"At that point in time, he has fired at those police".

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.

An armed man is on the run from police after an officer was shot this afternoon.

As the siege started last night, Maddison was apparently heard laughing as he fired at the police helicopter from a sheltered position, reported The Courier Mail.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart described the situation as an "active scene" and said the gunman was considered to be "at large".

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The incident occurred around 2.20pm as police were attempting to intercept a vehicle on Wellers Road at Seventeen Mile.

"Specialist police have returned fire - the male person has been shot and that male person has been declared deceased at the scene".

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk sent condolences to Senior Constable Forte's friends and family and said members of the public should be "immensely grateful" for the work of the police force.

He said in the hour since the opening exchanges of gunfire, he had heard occasional shots until just before 4pm.

"As you can understand, it's an extremely traumatic time for that family".

That stand-off is continuing this morning, with officers in contact with Maddison, who is in a shipping container.

"This is a stark reminder that our police officers, every day, literally, put their life on the line to protect us from mongrels like this", Mr Mander said.

"It is just exceptionally sad".


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