A ‘shameful’ police officer is the victim of an ambush in Queensland
A Queensland police officer has been the victim the day after he was ambushed while riding his motorcycle.
Key points:A 34-year-old man is dead, with a manhunt underway for the other two officersThe incident happened in the town of Chorrol, about 200 kilometres north-east of BrisbanePolice say the incident is being treated as an attempted abductionPolice say there have been two officers injuredPolice say a woman was also injured in the incident, and a man has been arrested in relation to itPolice say both officers are stable.
A man who was riding a motorcycle with the other officers was hit by a car and killed.
A woman and a young boy have been arrested.
Two officers were injured.
The driver of the car that hit the officers is in custody.
Police have described the incident as a “shamefully cowardly and despicable act”.
Police say it is believed the man who hit the police officer was the attacker.
“This was an ambush.
We have officers on the ground in the area, and they’re doing all they can to assist us in the pursuit of the offender,” Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner John Mervyn said.”
I’d like to commend the members of the public who helped to secure the man in custody, who have done everything they can.”
The man who attempted to abduct the officers and was shot dead was also a suspect in a previous fatal police chase.
The police operation was being treated “as a homicide,” Mr Mervys said.
The officer who was hit was being held in police custody.
The woman and the young boy who were arrested are expected to appear in court on Friday.
Police say they are continuing to investigate.
“There are no words that will describe the devastation that we feel right now, we can’t even begin to explain it,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
Police say officers in the community have been told to stay at home, and the community is being told to avoid the area.
The ambush happened around 3:00pm (AEDT) on Friday when two police vehicles sped up a road in Chorror.
It is believed there were at least three people in the vehicle.
Police were able to apprehend the suspect after two officers were hit and the other injured.
Police said it is not clear what the men in the other vehicle were trying to steal, or what caused the collision.
Queensland Police said they are still appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.