Family of cop killer says he's no criminal monster

rick maddison
rick maddison

THE family of the man responsible for the shooting death of Senior Constable Brett Forte has issued a statement expressing their sympathy for the dead officer's family and support of the Queensland Police Service.

"The Maddison family wishes to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the late Senior Constable Brett Forte for their tragic loss," the statement, emailed to The Chronicle through Toowoomba legal firm Alroe and Sullivan Solicitors, said.

"We express our support for the Queensland Police Service and the often difficult and dangerous work its officers are required to undertake.

"We particularly wish to thank the police negotiators for their attempts to resolve a very difficult situation peacefully.

"Rick's actions cannot be excused nor is it likely they will be ever fully understood.

"To us he was not the one dimensional career criminal which the media are now portraying but rather a loved son, brother, nephew, uncle, grandson, friend and mate to many and as such will be sadly mourned.

"The Maddison family thank the many people who have expressed to them their overwhelming support, sympathy, love and prayers.

"We ask both the press and public to accept the pain and remorse we are feeling and to respect our privacy at this difficult time."


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