28 June, 2021

Woman arrested for murder of police officer

A 24-year-old woman has been charged with the murder of Senior Constable David Masters, who was fatally struck by a stolen car on Saturday morning, 26 June, 2021.

Police executed a search warrant at an Upper Caboolture address where they arrested the Morayfield woman.

Detectives will allege the woman was a passenger in the stolen car which fatally struck Senior Constable Masters on the Bruce Highway just after 3am on June 26.

Initial investigations indicate the 53-year-old male senior constable was responding to a suspected stolen vehicle when he was struck on the Bruce Highway just after 3am.

The officer was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The vehicle left the scene of the incident and was the subject of an extensive search by police. 

Police later located the stolen car burnt out on Quarry Road at Moodlu, west of Caboolture.
The 24-year-old woman has been charged with one count each of murder, arson (motor vehicle) and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
Her bail was refused and she was due to appear in Caboolture Magistrates Court on Monday (June 28).
Investigations by the Homicide Investigation Unit and Ethical Standards Command are continuing.
Detectives are continuing their appeal for anyone with relevant dashcam or information regarding the matter to come forward.

Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the officer’s death was an absolute tragedy for the Queensland Police Service and the entire Queensland community.

“It is with a very heavy heart we confirm the loss of one of our own, a senior constable who was working hard to protect his community,” Commissioner Carroll said.

“My sincerest condolences go out to the officer’s family, friends and colleagues at this incredibly difficult time.

“This is devastating news for our police family and we are offering support to all officers and staff.

“Sadly, this incident demonstrates the dangers our officers face when working to keep our community safe each and every day.”  


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