Qld police negotiating with gunman

May 30, 2017, 06:19
Qld police negotiating with gunman

Police were negotiating with a gunman into Tuesday morning, after Senior Constable Brett Forte was killed during a traffic stop west of Brisbane Monday afternoon.

"Police are now at the scene of an incident in the Lockyer Valley this afternoon where an officer has been injured", police said in a statement.

A police source says the wanted man, who is believed to be armed with a machine gun, got out of his auto during the chase and shot the officer before driving down a dirt road at Seventeen Mile, just northwest of Gatton. Both his own family, the family of his wife and their extended family, ' Commissioner Stewart said.

According to the Courier Mail, the man started firing at the officers after being pulled over by them.

It is believed the gunman also shot at a police helicopter.

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

"It is so distressing - not just to the police service - but to the community, that we have lost a fine police officer", Mr Stewart said.

In a tragic coincidence, his death comes on the anniversary of slain Gold Coast detective Damian Leeding's shooting following an armed robbery at the Pacific Pines Tavern in 2011.

"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.

"I know was it was completely unexpected and Brett sadly never had a chance", Queensland Police Union chief executive Ian Leavers said.

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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.

Police have not confirmed details about the suspect's weapon.

"As you would well imagine, the whole family is devastated".

Local resident Megan Poole said she fled her Alvisio Rd home just after 3pm on Monday after hearing "machine gun fire" and seeing undercover police cars speed past.

"It is just exceptionally sad".

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