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Police shoot dead fleeing ‘gun obsessed cop killer’ as he runs from his shipping container hide-out

  • Cop killer Rick Maddison, 41, fatally shot in chest by police after 21-hour siege
  • At 11am on Tuesday he tried fleeing the shipping container he was holed up in
  • Waiting specialist police returned fire after the gun-mad killer fired shots at them
  • Bloody shootout followed overnight siege after Maddison killed a police officer
  • Snr Constable Brett Forte, a father of three, was shot dead during police chase
  • Maddison had a serious criminal history including being charged with torture
  • The fugitive was wanted for domestic violence and weapons charges

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Cop killer Rick Charles Maddison has been shot dead by police after fleeing from a shipping container in bushland following a near 24-hour stand off.

Just after 11am on Tuesday, Maddison emerged from his hide-out and sprayed shots at waiting police officers at a property in Gatton, an hour west of Brisbane.

Specialist police returned fire and fatally shot him in the chest. He was declared dead at the scene, ending a tense siege that lasted through the night.

Assistant Commissioner Tony Wright said no police were injured during the bloody shootout.

On Monday, the 41-year-old gunman shot dead Senior Constable Brett Forte at 1.40pm during a wild police chase in the Lockyer Valley Region.

Maddison then went on the run, using an automatic machine gun to fire shots at a circling police helicopter from a sheltered position before retreating to a nearby property.

Four streets bordering the national park were placed in lockdown and specialist units moved in, as terrified residents listened to the echo of gunshots through the night.

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Cop killer Rick Charles Maddison (pictured) has been shot dead by police after fleeing from a shipping container in bushland

Cop killer Rick Charles Maddison (pictured) has been shot dead by police after fleeing from a shipping container in bushland

The 41-year-old gunman, who shot dead a police officer on Monday afternoon, emerged from his hideout just after 11am on Tuesday and sprayed shots at waiting officers. He was fatally shot in the chest and declared dead at the scene

The 41-year-old gunman, who shot dead a police officer on Monday afternoon, emerged from his hideout just after 11am on Tuesday and sprayed shots at waiting officers. He was fatally shot in the chest and declared dead at the scene

Senior Constable Brett Forte (pictured with his wife Susan and one of their two young children) was shot dead by Maddison at about 1.40pm on Monday, following a police chase

Senior Constable Brett Forte (pictured with his wife Susan and one of their two young children) was shot dead by Maddison at about 1.40pm on Monday, following a police chase

Local Peter Hills, whose daughter, 5, and wife were both behind the police line, said he felt ‘utter relief’ knowing the gun-crazy man had been shot dead.

‘Justice is done. I’m happy about it.

I will not lose any sleep at all over it tonight, I’ll sleep really good,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday.

Mr Hills said it was the right outcome ‘for once’ given Maddison won’t have to go to jail or go to court.

‘We didn’t realise the extent of how dangerous he was… to learn how (dangerous) he was … utter relief.’

Maddison had a violent criminal history which included charges of torture and deprivation of liberty as well as convictions for assault.

He had been accused of torturing and holding a woman against her will in September 2008, and was also wanted by police in relation to multiple domestic violence and weapons offences.

Almost a decade ago he he had been charged with torture, deprivation of liberty, assault occasioning bodily harm, causing willful damage, stealing, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and common assault.

Maddison had a violent criminal history which included charges of torture and deprivation of liberty as well as convictions for assault

Maddison had a violent criminal history which included charges of torture and deprivation of liberty as well as convictions for assault

Commissioner Ian Stewart said on Monday night that police wanted to resolve the stand-off 'as peacefully as humanly possible'

Commissioner Ian Stewart said on Monday night that police wanted to resolve the stand-off ‘as peacefully as humanly possible’

Career criminal Maddison fired shots at specialist officers as he tried to flee the shipping container he had hid in overnight. He was fatally shot in the chest

Career criminal Maddison fired shots at specialist officers as he tried to flee the shipping container he had hid in overnight.

He was fatally shot in the chest

Ambulances and police cars are seen at an intersection in Gatton near where Maddison was holed up for almost 20 hours

Ambulances and police cars are seen at an intersection in Gatton near where Maddison was holed up for almost 20 hours

Harrowing video has emerged of the frantic moment police officers bravely tried to save the life of a hero Queensland senior constable who was shot dead by Maddison on Monday.

Daily Mail Australia has obtained video from a Lockyer Valley resident who watched with her heart in her mouth as cops worked frantically to save the life of a married father-of-two.

A tense siege carried on through Monday night and into Tuesday morning as police continue to negotiate with Maddison – who was holed up in a shipping container at a farm house near Gatton and believed to be armed with a machine gun.

‘This guy they are after, he has got serious history,’ Queensland Police Union CEO Ian Leavers told Nine on Tuesday, without going into details.

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

Harrowing video has emerged of the frantic moment (pictured) police officers bravely tried to save the life of Senior Constable Brett Forte, after he was shot dead on Monday afternoon

Harrowing video has emerged of the frantic moment (pictured) police officers bravely tried to save the life of Senior Constable Brett Forte, after he was shot dead on Monday afternoon

'This guy they are after, he has got serious history,' Queensland Police Union CEO Ian Leavers told Nine on Tuesday, without going into details (shooter Rick Maddison pictured)

‘This guy they are after, he has got serious history,’ Queensland Police Union CEO Ian Leavers told Nine on Tuesday, without going into details (shooter Rick Maddison pictured)

Maddison has an extensive criminal history, including facing charges of torture and deprivation of liberty and convictions for serious assaults.

In one attack he broke bones in a man’s face after a night club alteration. In another he fractured a man’s skull.

In the video, filmed on a mobile phone from the window of a nearby home, officers sprint up the road, sirens wail and police can be seen performing CPR on Snr Const Forte.

‘Jesus Christ!’ the woman could be heard exclaiming.

Police later bellowed for her to step away from the windows due to the active shooter, sources said.

Maddison, who was believed to be armed with a machine gun, abruptly stopped and got out of his car during the chase involving two police vehicles and four officers and shot Snr Const Forte.

Maddison, from Toowoomba, then drove down a dirt road at Seventeen Mile, just northwest of Gatton.

It was understood the police vehicle Snr Const Forte had been travelling in rolled over after the chase resumed and Maddison also fired at a police helicopter while fleeing into bushland before entering a farm house.

The video, shot from the window of a nearby home, shows officers sprinting up the road, sirens wail and police can be seen performing CPR on the respected veteran of the police force

The video, shot from the window of a nearby home, shows officers sprinting up the road, sirens wail and police can be seen performing CPR on the respected veteran of the police force

'Jesus Christ!' the woman who shot the video exclaims, before police later bellow for her to step away from the windows due to the active shooter

‘Jesus Christ!’ the woman who shot the video exclaims, before police later bellow for her to step away from the windows due to the active shooter

The incident occurred at the Lockyer Valley near Toowoomba, an hour west of Brisbane (pictured)

The incident occurred at the Lockyer Valley near Toowoomba, an hour west of Brisbane (pictured)

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

– Tactical response officers travelling in two police cars tried to pull over a vehicle on Wellers Road, Seventeen Mile, in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley about 1.40pm on Monday

– Rick Charles Maddison, who was believed to be armed with a machine gun, got out of his car and opened fire on the police vehicles

– Senior Constable Brett Forte was shot

– Maddison then drove down a dirt road and it was understood one of the police vehicles rolled over after the chase resumed

– Maddison also fired at a police helicopter while fleeing into a farm house

– Snr Constable Forte was airlifted to Brisbane Hospital but was confirmed to have died by 4pm

– Police announce an emergency declaration has been declared under the provisions of the Public Safety Preservation Act and an exclusion zone has been put in place

– A manhunt begins for Maddison who is believed to be holed up in the farm house

The husband of the woman who filmed the video told Daily Mail Australia she was frightened and ‘freaking out a bit’ after gunfire rang out through the area.

Police officers would later carry the wounded officer off the paddy wagon onto her front lawn and ‘keep him alive’, he said.

Several locals were forced to watch helplessly behind a barricade for hours while their wives were stuck in their homes behind police lines.

Truck driver Peter Hills had been stuck outside on Adare Road for six hours when he spoke to Daily Mail Australia.

Mr Hills, who drives fresh produce for a living, said his wife called him on Monday afternoon asked: ‘Do you know if they’re shooting a movie or something?’

His partner witnessed streams of police cars, including black specialist vehicles and detective vehicles zooming down her street and then changing direction.

‘There’s a black paddy wagon, there’s another police car, now there’s an unmarked D-car… and then there was a little bit more – and then more went!’ he recounted her telling him.

‘And then all of a sudden they’ve all gone back the other way.’

Truck driver Peter Hills (right) and fellow local resident Terry Hayden (left) were forced to watch helplessly behind a barricade for hours

Truck driver Peter Hills (right) and fellow local resident Terry Hayden (left) were forced to watch helplessly behind a barricade for hours

A police vehicle is towed from the scene where Snr Const Forte was killed on Monday afternoon

A police vehicle is towed from the scene where Snr Const Forte was killed on Monday afternoon

Police set up a roadblock near where Snr Const Forte was shot in an effort to trap the killer

Police set up a roadblock near where Snr Const Forte was shot in an effort to trap the killer

It's understood the police vehicle Snr Const Forte had been travelling in rolled over after the chase resumed and the wanted man also fired at a police helicopter while fleeing into bushland

It’s understood the police vehicle Snr Const Forte had been travelling in rolled over after the chase resumed and the wanted man also fired at a police helicopter while fleeing into bushland

Police said they have Maddison contained but they are yet to capture him

Police said they have Maddison contained but they are yet to capture him

Fatally wounded as he pursued the offender through the Lockyer Valley Region, Snr Const Forte was remembered as a hero by the Queensland police minister.

‘My thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the Queensland Police Service officer who was tragically killed this afternoon while doing his job selflessly serving the people of Queensland,’ Mr Ryan said.

‘Along with millions of Queenslanders, I pay tribute to his service. He will never be forgotten.

With honour, he served.’

Police are now negotiating with Maddison who is holed up in a farm house inside a locked-down area.

‘We have a person contained and at my last advice we were negotiating with that person,’ Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said at a press conference on Monday night.

Police had warned locals to stay indoors while negotiations were underway.

The man is believed to still be holed up in the regional farmhouse, with reports of a siege ongoing

The man is believed to still be holed up in the regional farmhouse, with reports of a siege ongoing

Special Emergency Response Team officers were called in to help track down the known offender

Special Emergency Response Team officers were called in to help track down the known offender

Local resident Kyal Pennell, 23, who was trapped in his home due to the exclusion zone, said he could hear ‘non-stop bursts of automatic gunfire’ and police sirens.

‘Every five minutes there’s gunfire.

There’s been handgun shots, machine gun shots, and shotgun shots from what I can tell,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on Monday afternoon.

At 4.30pm, Mr Pennell said police holding semi-machine guns arrived at the front gate of his home to evacuate him and his neighbours from the area.

Gunshot bursts were still echoing through the valley.

‘As far as I know, a couple of guys broke out of a jail and they’ve shot a police officer on the front lawn,’ one man told 9 News.

The armed man is still on the run and police are warning locals to stay indoors

The armed man is still on the run and police are warning locals to stay indoors

Police said an emergency situation has been declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act

Police said an emergency situation has been declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act

‘I had to go pick up the kids because the wife couldn’t get out, I was at work.’

Snr Const Forte was airlifted to Brisbane Hospital but was confirmed to have died by 4pm.

He had served in the force for 15 years and was a member of Toowoomba’s Tactical Crime Squad.

His wife, Susan, is also a police officer.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a statement her thoughts and prayers were with Snr Const Forte’s family and friends.

‘Every day, the brave officers of the Queensland Police Service put their lives on the line when they go to work,’ Ms Palaszczuk said.

‘Each of us should be immensely grateful for the work they do.’

In a tragic coincidence, Snr Const Forte’s death comes on the anniversary of slain Gold Coast detective Damian Leeding’s shooting after he responded to an armed robbery at the Pacific Pines Tavern in 2011.

Snr Const Forte was airlifted to Brisbane Hospital, but died as a result of gunshot wounds

Snr Const Forte was airlifted to Brisbane Hospital, but died as a result of gunshot wounds

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