Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Police in standoff with man who shot and killed Qld officer

Police in standoff with man who shot and killed Qld officer

He said the incident again showed how "complex and risky the job of policing is in this state and our nation".

Police are in negotiations with the gunman, who fled the vehicle into nearby bushland.

Queensland Police confirmed that Snr Const Forte had died in a statement on Monday night.

"His partner who was working with him is in good spirits, as good as you can be at this point in time", he said.

The standoff followed the fatal shooting of Toowoomba Senior Constable Brett Forte, who was killed yesterday afternoon while trying to pull over Maddison's auto near Gatton.

Residents were told to run by police as the siege began yesterday afternoon.

Whilst the full circumstances of today's tragic incident are still being determined, I want to highlight the tremendous bravery and tenacity of our police officers and the incredible dangers they face on a daily basis in keeping our community safe.

The Queensland Ambulance Service say paramedics were also responding to incident at Seventeen Mile, just northwest of Gatton, that occurred at 2.20pm on Monday.

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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.

As the narrative typically reads, since Australian police rarely shoot anyone, officers in America must not be doing enough to prevent using force.

Wayne Lyons, who lives on Wallers Road, said he saw four police cars chasing a four-wheel-drive in the early afternoon before the vehicles disappeared into a wooded area.

Police said Maddison had a lengthy and violent criminal past.

Shadow police minister Tim Mander joined Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in paying tribute to Sen Const Forte, whose wife Susan is also a police officer.

An emergency declaration was declared under the provisions of the Public Safety Preservation Act and an exclusion zone remains in place for the area of Fords Road, Forestry Road West, Sandy Creek Road, Gerard Lane, Seventeen Mile Road, Wellers Road and Forest Road.

"It is just exceptionally sad".

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