Slain Qld cop remembered as 'a fine son'

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A Queensland police officer shot and killed after trying to pull over a wanted man west of Brisbane has been remember as a "great young bloke".

Senior Constable Brett Forte was killed and others received minor injuries after a man, named as "wanted man" Rick Maddison, evaded police in a traffic stop in the Lockyer Valley just before 2pm on Monday.

An emotional Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said Sen Con Forte was a "great young bloke" and had little chance to defend himself.

"I know was it was completely unexpected and Brett sadly never had a chance," Mr Leavers told the Seven Network.

"He never knew what his fate was going to be.

"Our thoughts are with his wife and and his three children. He's got a daughter and two sons."

Mr Leavers, who knew Sen Con Forte, spent time with his family on Monday night and said the severity of the situation was starting to unravel.

"We know that when you go to work you may never come home, that is what our families put up with. It could have been any one of us anywhere in Australia. Tragically, it was Brett," he said.

Sen Con Forte has been remembered as a dedicated officer, family man and a "fine son" of the state's police force by Commissioner Ian Stewart.

He served with the Queensland Police Service for more than 15 years and was part of Toowoomba's Tactical Crime Squad.

He died on the anniversary of the murder of another Queensland police officer, Damian Leeding who was shot trying to stop a Gold Coast robbery on May 29, 2011.

"As you would well imagine, the whole family is devastated. Both his own family, the family of his wife and their extended family," Mr Stewart said.

"We've lost a fine son."

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Monday night sent condolences to the slain officer's friends and family and said members of the public should be "immensely grateful" for the work of the police force.

"Every day, the brave officers of the Queensland Police Service put their lives on the line when they go to work," she said in a statement, with Police Minister Mark Ryan calling him "a hero".

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