Death of Police Officer Lockyer Valley

Darling Downs

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Yesterday's shooting of a Police officer has rocked the community.

Tributes continue to flow for fallen Toowoomba police officer Senior Constable Brett Forte

Senior Constable Brett Forte died while attempting to intercept a vehicle in Seventeen Mile about 2.20pm yesterday.

He was shot yesterday afternoon while pursuing alleged gunman Rick Maddison in the Lockyer Valley

Police last night containing Maddison within an exclusion zone while trying to negotiate with him while he remained holed up in a farmhouse.

The incident unfolding after the offender allegedly opened fire on the officers  after he'd been spotted heading down the Toowoomba Range.

Maddison is understood to have been wanted over armed robbery offences.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says it's such a tragic incident for everyone involved.

Statement by Commissioner Ian Stewart

It is with great sadness that I confirm the death of one of our own whilst on duty in the Lockyer Valley.

On behalf of the police family I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Senior Constable Brett Forte.

Whilst the full circumstances of this 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.

Brett’s death has hit our police family particularly hard and this incident is a reminder of the complexities and challenges our officers are confronted with.

I offer my support to the officers who are still in the field attempting to resolve this incredibly dangerous situation.

In the days to come our extended QPS family may feel the full effect of today’s tragedy and I have encouraged staff to seek assistance and support each other through this very difficult time.

Credit: Nine Local News Toowoomba

23 July 2017

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