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07-19-07, 03:43 AM #1
Australian officer shot dead at job
Tragic news coming out of Brisbane today. A reminder for everyone to take great care when doing even the most routine job.
A POLICEMAN yelled, 'He's got a gun - I'm hit' during a Brisbane arrest that left Constable Brett Irwin dead and his alleged killer in a critical condition in hospital.
The man alleged to have shot dead a Brisbane police officer later shot himself in the head, Queensland's police union said this afternoon.
Constable Brett Irwin, 33, was killed as he attended what should have been a routine inquiry at Keperra, in Brisbane's north-west, shortly before 11pm yesterday.
Const Irwin and his partner, also a young male constable, attended the Regan Street home to speak to the 27-year old occupant about breaching his bail conditions.
When they arrived at the residence no one answered the front door so Constable Irwin went to the back entrance of the house while his partner remained outside.
Soon after, Constable Irwin was shot in the chest.
The resident of the house, believed to be the offender, remained in the house for several hours.
Queensland Police union spokesman Denis Fitzpatrick said Critical Emergency Response Team officers arrived at the house and attempted to negotiate with the man.
"Highly trained police were brought to the scene, there were police negotiators who were actually talking to this gentleman, trying to have a peaceful resolution, basically a surrender," Mr Fitzpatrick told ABC Radio.
"Unfortunately that was not to be the case, and as I understand it he has discharged his weapon on to himself."
The man is now in a critical condition in hospital with head wounds.
Earlier today, reports revealed Constable Irwin was heard yelling "He's got a gun. I'm hit" after entering the property.
Police said the gunman's de facto wife, another woman and two young children were released into police custody and were assisting officers.
Special Emergency Response Team officers and police negotiators moved in before midnight and the dog squad was also at the scene.
Police stormed the home about 1.30am using "flash-bang" distraction devices and found the body of their colleague.
Constable Irwin, 33, was inducted into the Queensland Police Service last year and served at Ferny Grove police station and Fortitude Valley.
He had a partner but no children.
Commissioner Bob Atkinson said it was a tragedy.
“It is so tragic to know that this officer was simply performing one of the routine jobs of a police officer," the commissioner said.
"This officer was a young man at the start of a promising career and this incident is such a terrible loss of life.
“We are all shocked by the circumstances surrounding his death. It is a sad reminder of the dangers and unpredictability police officers face on a daily basis.
“On behalf of all members of the Queensland Police Service and the extended police family, we extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to Constable Irwin’s family, friends and colleagues. We share the immeasurable grief they are feeling this morning.
“We are providing every possible support to his family and loved ones, and we have a number of measures already in place to help his fellow officers at this tragic time."
He said the gunman was known to police and had an extensive criminal history but the Commissioner defended the Police Service's actions in sending two constables to the house to arrest the man on an outstanding warrant.
Assistant commissioner Peter Barron, of Metro North Region, said the other officer had received counselling.
The Police Ethical Standards Command was investigating the circumstances of the shootings, overseen by the Coroner’s Conduct Commission."Contrary to popular belief, you will not rise to the occasion, but will fall to the level of your training"
07-19-07, 03:53 AM #2
R.I.P. Constable."When a crime is committed, liberals blame society. Conservatives blame the criminal." -Debra Saunders
Old Scottish Motto- "nemo me impune laccessit". It still holds true today.
07-19-07, 04:50 AM #3
RIP brother"Be Polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet"
07-19-07, 04:52 AM #4
07-19-07, 04:52 AM #5
Rest in peace.
07-19-07, 05:20 AM #6
R.I.P.JamesDept of the Army Civilian Police"Loyalty above all else, except Honor"Never forget those who fell on 9/11/01S&W beats 4 Aces every time
07-19-07, 05:54 AM #7Banned
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Rest well, Constable Irwin
07-19-07, 06:18 AM #8
07-19-07, 11:50 AM #9
I saw this yesterday....my thoughts and prayers to his family and department.
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07-19-07, 12:10 PM #10
May he rest in PeaceTo be born an Englishman, is to be a winner in the Lottery of Life.
I've Talked the Talk and I've Walked the Walk, now I Sit the Sit!
It's not until you look at an Ant through a magnifying glass on a sunny day, that you realise just how often they burst into flames for no reason!
07-19-07, 12:28 PM #11
Rest In PeacePublic conscience message board
post on a board with a heart.
07-19-07, 09:22 PM #12
07-20-07, 12:14 AM #13
Very sad! May he rest in peace. My condolences to the department, his partner and his friends and family.
A smile cost nothing, but gives so much.
It enriches those who receive it,without making poorer those who give.It takes but a moment, but the memoryof it sometimes lasts forever.
None is so rich or mighty that hecan get along without it,and none is so poor but thathe can be made rich by it.
A smile creates happiness in the home,fosters goodwill in business,and is the countersign of friendship.
It brings rest to the weary,cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad,and it is nature's best antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed,or stolen, for it is something that is of novalue to anyone until it is given away.
Some people are too tired to give you a smile.Give them one of yours, as none needs a smileso much as he who has no more to give.
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07-20-07, 12:20 AM #14
RIPJust because your sign off after you're shift is done, doesn't mean that it's over and put blinders on. You're a cop 24/7 wether you like it or not. If thats something you can't handle, you should find a new line of work!
07-20-07, 10:46 AM #15
RIPNever approach a bull by the front, a horse from behind, or an idiot from any direction.
07-20-07, 12:08 PM #16
Rest in Peace.
07-20-07, 02:44 PM #17
"I used to care
but now I take a pill for that"
07-20-07, 03:14 PM #18
many thoughts and prayers...
We dallied under
Vine maples and sapling alders
Searched for lady slippers
Found blackberry riots and
An old skid road
Brought ghost ferns and
Hollows filled with
While waves wrapped
Intricate lacings of weeds
'Round mule spinners
His cyanotic eyes
Were hard enough to make
The sun turn tail and
Tender enough to attract me
To his world of illusion
07-21-07, 03:23 PM #19
RIPCalm Like A Bomb...
“A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”
07-21-07, 07:55 PM #20
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