Australian Police Officer Death Marks First Of The Year

Senior Constable Forte was shot as his police auto reversed into another vehicle and then flipped.

An emergency situation has been declared and the area has been cleared of residents as police attempt to negotiate with the suspected killer, police have confirmed.

'Initial information suggests shots were fired at police in Seventeen Mile, and a police vehicle has been involved in a traffic incident'.

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

Police have declared an emergency situation in the Lockyer Valley

While neighbours reported hearing what sounded like machinegun fire, police did not confirm details about the weapon.

Maddison, who allegedly killed Forte on Monday afternoon, died after taking several shots to the chest.

"It is so distressing not just to police but to the community that we've lost a police officer", Commissioner Stewart said.

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

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

The police auto tried to reverse but crashed and rolled.

Police say they now have him "contained" on a property in Gatton.

Maddison went on the run after shooting dead Senior Constable Brett Forte, from the Toowoomba Tactical Crime Squad, yesterday.

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"My thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues. along with millions of Queenslanders, I pay tribute to his service", Mr Ryan said in his tribute.

He said he believed shots had been fired at a police helicopter, which had been hovering less than a kilometre away from his house since 2.30pm.

"He will never be forgotten".

One person was taken to nearby Toowoomba Hospital with shortness of breath.

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Police declared an emergency situation at 3.40pm with an exclusion zone in place for the area of Fords Road, Forestry Road West, Sandy Creek Road, Gerard Lane, 17 Mile, Wallers Road and Forest Road.


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