Queensland police officer shot dead, gunman on the run

He said helicopters had been circling overhead and police cars had been tearing past his home and he estimated the gunfire to be three to four kilometres from his home.

The policemen were chasing the shooter after he evaded them in a traffic stop in the Lockyer Valley Region just before 2pm local time.

Police are in negotiations with the gunman, who fled the vehicle into nearby bushland.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said the senior constable's death was a tragedy for everyone in Queensland.

Commissioner Ian Stewart told a press conference late on Monday night that police wanted to resolve the stand-off "as peacefully as humanly possible".

Now the man, who allegedly shot dead Senior Constable Forte on Monday afternoon, is dead after taking several shots to the chest.

According to initial information, the police were responded to calls regarding the man, a known offender.

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.

"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".

Police have locked down a large area and set up an exclusion zone where the man, or gunmen, are believed to still be.

Nine said neighbours had heard gunfire coming from Maddison's property over the last couple of months.

Shadow police minister Tim Mander joined Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in paying tribute to Sen Const Forte, whose wife Susan is also a police officer.

Mr Forte was shot after intercepting a man police described as "wanted" about 14:20 local time (04:20 GMT) on Monday.

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

"The police officer woke up this morning to do his job and he had people who loved him".

The Chronicle reported about 3.10pm police were responding to a critical incident.

  • Aubrey Nash