Flowers in tribute to Brett Forte. Photo Tom Gillespie.
Flowers in tribute to Brett Forte. Photo Tom Gillespie.

Tributes flow for officer: 'We thank you for your service'

TRIBUTES are flowing for slain police officer Brett Forte who was shot and killed yesterday while reportedly trying to pull over a dangerous suspect in the Lockyer Valley.

The husband and father, Senior Constable was part of Toowoomba's Tactical Crime Squad.

Up to three other officers were believed to have been injured in the incident.

An emergency situation was declared under the provisions of the Public Safety Preservation Act and an exclusion zone remains in place for the area of Fords Rd, Forestry Rd West, Sandy Creek Rd, Gerard Ln, Seventeen Mile Rd, Wellers Rd and Forest Rd.

Messages of support began flooding in on social media once the news came out that Mr Forte had passed away from  his injuries.

The Chronicle readers shared their prayers and support on social media, in shock of the tragedy.

Sandra Bein: "You were there to make sure we were kept safe, thank you for all you've done in your wonderful career. RIP. Love and wishes to your family at this very sad time."

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Annette Andrews: "Our deepest sympathy to this brave man who put his life on the line to stop the bad guys. We thank you for your service and pass on our deepest condolences to your wife, family and friends."

Fiona Byers: "RIP. My deepest condolences to your family and friends."

Yasmin Kennedy: "It is so very sad that this had to occur but I thank you and your family for allowing you to do a horrid job well."

Julie Anne: "So so sad, the poor man was only doing his job. My thoughts go out to the families."

Dianne Ford: "RIP. Died doing his job...Sympathy to his wife, children, family, friends and all work colleagues. Taken way too early."

One woman posted a heartfelt poem while others posted images to express their sadness.

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