Pic: Senior Constable Brett Forte and wife Susan, Facebook
The Queensland Police officer shot and killed while trying to pull over a known criminal west of Brisbane is being remembered as a dedicated officer of more than 15 years, a family man and 'fine son' of the Queensland Police Service.
Senior Constable Brett Forte was shot dead in the Lockyer Valley, just out of Gatton, just before 2pm on Monday.
Senior Constable Forte was a father of three who had served in the force for more than 15 years, most recently as part of the Toowoomba Tactical Crime Squad.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart spoke at a press conference late on Monday.
"As you would well imagine, the whole family is devastated. Both his own family, the family of his wife and their extended family,"
"We've lost a fine son today."
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers, who once worked with Senior Constable Forte, described him as a decent person and family man.
Overnight, police negotiators continued speaking with the man responsible. It's believed he's holed up in a shipping container on a remote property.
"We have a person contained and at my last advice we were negotiating with that person," Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said
The tributes for Senior Constable Forte are now flowing on social media.
This morning, the area surrounding the active police operation remains in lockdown.
He said police were continue working to resolve the stand-off "as peacefully as humanly possible".
Tragically, Senior Constable Forte's death comes 6 years to the day since the shooting which lead to the death of Queensland Police detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding.
Detective Senior Constable Leeding was shot in the face during an armed hold up at a Gold Coast pub on May 29, 2011. He died in hospital on June 1.