30 May 2017

Gunman at centre of Queensland siege shot dead

3:17 pm on 30 May 2017

A man who killed a police officer in Queensland's Lockyer Valley has been shot dead after holding police at bay during an overnight siege in a remote farmhouse.

Rick Maddison was shot dead by Queensland police after killing an officer the day before.

Rick Maddison was shot dead by Queensland police after killing an officer the day before. Photo: Supplied

Forty-year-old Rick Maddison was declared dead this morning after he was shot by police.

No other officers were injured during the incident.

Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Kelly said Maddison died after firing at police.

"He has been challenged by police at that point in time; he has fired at those police," he said.

"Specialist police have returned fire - the male person has been shot and that male person has been declared deceased at the scene."

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

Senior Constable Forte died after being shot when he tried to stop Maddison's car on a road at Seventeen Mile in the Lockyer Valley on Monday afternoon.

Maddison then fled into bushland at Adare, near Gatton, and an exclusion zone was declared over several square kilometres.

Residents have said they are relieved to hear the news, with many people separated from loved ones since yesterday.

The exclusion zone around the scene is still in place.

Police said Maddison had a lengthy and violent criminal past.

Officer died 'doing a job he loved'

Flowers are being left outside a Toowoomba police station in honour of Senior Constable Forte.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said earlier today Senior Constable Forte had died doing a job he loved.

"That's the only positive we can take out of this - that Brett was doing a job that he loved and he was committed to," he said.

"As we know yesterday - they [the officers] didn't have time to think - it happened that quickly, how it unfolded, and they did what they could.

"Tragically, Brett never had a chance and we've got to live with that and we've got to continue on and support Brett's family and do the best we possibly can there and rebuild."