Queensland police killer shot dead after 21-hour siege
May 30, 2017, 06:15
Wayne Lyons, who lives on Wallers Road, said he saw four police cars chasing a four-wheel-drive before they disappeared into the trees.
'An emergent situation has been declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act following a police incident in the Lockyer Valley this afternoon where an officer has been injured, ' police said in a statement.
Police overnight were negotiating with a gunman holed up in a farm house.
The police officer fatally wounded after a wanted man opened fire during a pursuit has been identified as Senior Constable Brett Forte.
"At that point in time, he has fired at those police".
On Monday, Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said he wanted to resolve the siege "as peacefully as humanly possible".
Maddison, who allegedly killed Forte on Monday afternoon, died after taking several shots to the chest.
The armed man is still on the run and police are warning locals to stay indoors.
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A police source says the wanted man, who is believed to be armed with a machine gun, got out of his vehicle during the chase and shot the officer before driving down a dirt road at Seventeen Mile, just northwest of Gatton.
"I know was it was completely unexpected and Brett sadly never had a chance", Queensland Police Union chief executive Ian Leavers said.
As the narrative typically reads, since Australian police rarely shoot anyone, officers in America must not be doing enough to prevent using force.
Police have cordoned off a large section of the area, forcing some locals to sleep in their cars.
"We've lost a fine officer, and our condolences, and thoughts and love are with his wife and children, his family and his colleagues", Commissioner Stewart said.
Police have not confirmed details about the suspect's weapon.
He said in the hour since the opening exchanges of gunfire, he had heard occasional shots until just before 4pm.
That stand-off is continuing this morning, with officers in contact with Maddison, who is in a shipping container.
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