Investigation into the death of Senior Constable Brett Forte who was shot by Ricky Maddison in Brisbane
Twist in the death of a police officer who was shot in the 27-bullet hail by a deranged man while chasing him on domestic violence charges
- Senior Constable Brett Forte was shot dead by Ricky Maddison in May 2017
- Maddison was later shot by police after a 20-hour siege in Brisbane
- The investigation into the deaths of both men begins Monday in Coroners Court
An inquest will begin into the death of police officer Brett Forte in Queensland and the man who shot him four years ago.
Senior Constable Forte died after his vehicle was riddled with 27 bullets when Ricky Maddison opened fire on May 29, 2017 with an automatic weapon in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane.
Maddison, 40, was shot dead by police the next day after being asked to surrender more than 80 times during a 20-hour siege.
Senior Constable Brett Forte (pictured left with his family) was shot dead by Ricky Maddison in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane, on May 29, 2017.
Brett Forte’s killer Ricky Maddison (pictured) was later gunned down by police after a 20-hour siege the next day
An inquest into the deaths of both men will begin Monday at Coroners Court in Toowoomba for Coroner Terry Ryan state.
In the weeks leading up to the 42-year-old police officer’s death, Maddison was wanted by Toowoomba police over domestic violence charges that had been dropped two years earlier, a hearing prior to the inquest last year was told.
He accused the authorities of deliberately and unfairly attacking him and refused to go to a police station.
Maddison called the police on the day of Sen Const Forte’s death and refused to surrender.
Shortly afterwards, his vehicle was spotted in Toowoomba and allowed a slow chase.
Maddison led police off the highway and across an unpaved embankment only accessible by 4WD vehicles – like the one driven by Sen. Const Forte.
Sen Const Forte is survived by his loving wife Susan (pictured together) and their three children Emma, Brodie and Sam
Forte’s children place a teddy bear on his coffin during his funeral service in 2017
Maddison led police off the highway and across a dirt embankment only accessible by 4WD vehicles – like the one driven by Sen Const Forte (Lockyer Valley shown)
On Monday, a judicial investigation will begin into the deaths of Senator Const Forte (photo) and the man who shot him four years ago.
The chase continued until Maddison stopped and started firing at the police almost immediately.
Sen Const Forte reversed urgently, but the vehicle drove onto a bench and rolled over, trapping him and his partner in it.
The police officer died from extensive gunshots and shrapnel.
Maddison was shot the next day after officers asked him to surrender 85 times.
He shot at police 21 times, including a helicopter, before being shot while trying to flee from an inner cordon.
The inquest is expected to take into account the interaction between police and Maddison leading up to the death, previous attempts to locate him and the management of the chase.
It also examines siege management strategies and the events that led to the decision to shoot Maddison.
The judicial investigation will take 10 days.