Twist in the death of police officer who was gunned down in hail of 27 bullets by crazed man while pursuing him on domestic violence charges
- Senior Constable Brett Forte was shot dead by Ricky Maddison in May, 2017
- Maddison was later gunned down by cops following a 20-hour siege in Brisbane
- Inquest into the deaths of both men due to begin in Coroners Court on Monday
An inquest is set to begin into the deaths of Queensland police officer Brett Forte and the man who shot him four years ago.
Senior Constable Forte died after his vehicle was peppered with 27 bullets when Ricky Maddison opened fire with an automatic weapon in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane, on May 29, 2017.
Maddison, 40, was shot dead by police the following 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 following day
An inquest into the deaths of both men is due to begin in the Coroners Court sitting in Toowoomba before State Coroner Terry Ryan on Monday.
In the weeks prior to the 42-year-old policeman’s death, Maddison was wanted by Toowoomba police over domestic violence-related charges that had been discontinued two years earlier, a pre-inquest hearing was told last year.
He accused authorities of deliberately and unfairly targeting him and refused to go to a police station.
Maddison called police on the day of Sen Const Forte’s death, refusing to surrender.
Shortly after his vehicle was spotted in Toowoomba and a slow pursuit authorised.
Maddison led police off the highway and over a dirt embankment that was only accessible to 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 casket during his funeral service in 2017
Maddison led police off the highway and over a dirt embankment that was only accessible to 4WD vehicles – like the one driven by Sen Const Forte (pictured is the Lockyer Valley)
An inquest into the deaths of Sen Const Forte (pictured) and the man who shot him four years ago will begin on Monday
The pursuit continued until Maddison stopped and almost immediately began firing at police.
Sen Const Forte urgently reversed, but the vehicle ran up a bank and rolled, trapping him and his partner inside.
The police officer died from extensive gunshot and shrapnel wounds.
Maddison was shot the following day after officers asked him to surrender 85 times.
He fired at police, including at a helicopter, 21 times before being shot dead as he tried to flee an inner cordon.
The inquest is expected to consider the interaction between police and Maddison in the lead-up to the deaths, previous attempts to locate him and management of the pursuit.
It will also examine siege management strategies and the events leading to the decision to shoot Maddison.
The inquest is set down for 10 days.