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The son of a policeman who was allegedly mowed down by a stolen car had big dreams of joining the force and working with his father.
Senior Constable David Masters, 53, was hit and killed while trying to stop a Hyundai Kona SUV with tyre-deflating road spikes on the Bruce Highway near Deception Bay, north of Brisbane, at 3am on Saturday.
Alleged passenger Kari O’Brien, 24, was arrested at her home in the Moreton Bay Region and charged with murder on Sunday, but detectives are still searching for the alleged driver, Skye Anne Wallis, 33.
Queensland Police Union boss Ian Leavers said on Monday that Mr Masters’ childhood sweetheart wife Sharon and their son Jack were shattered by his sudden death.
Pictured: Senior Constable David Masters with his wife Sharon and their son Jack, who dreamed of being a cop like his dad
‘One of Jack’s wishes was to join the police force and work with his dad, and sadly, that’ll never happen for Jack,’ Mr Leavers told David Koch on Sunrise.
‘It’s just one of those things which should never have happened.’
He also said the officer’s friends and colleagues at Deception Bay were ‘doing it really, really tough. They’ve lost a good mate’.
‘Our thoughts are with Dave’s family and we’re just hoping that some sense can come out of this into the future,’ he said.
Senior Constable David Masters was trying to stop an alleged stolen vehicle with road spikes when he was allegedly hit
Police are searching for Skye Anne Wallis, 33, (pictured) who they suspect was driving a car that struck a Queensland policeman
Pictured: Kari O’Brien, 24, who was arrested on Sunday and charged with murder, arson and unlawful use of a vehicle
Police on Sunday urged alleged driver Skye Wallis to turn herself in to police.
Mr Leavers warned that if she did not turn herself in, police would hunt her down.
‘Hand yourself in. We know who you are. We’ve got an an active homicide investigation. Hand yourself in,’ he said.
‘The community at large are just appalled by what has happened. Hand yourself in because you’re going to be caught. It’s not if – it’s when we are going to get you, and you will be before the courts.’
Although her exact whereabouts are unknown, police said she had connections with the North Brisbane and Moreton areas.
She is described as 170cm tall, Caucasian, with dyed silver hair and brown eyes.
Police allege that Kari O’Brien (pictured), 24, was a passenger in the car when Constable Dave Masters was hit
‘My sincerest condolences go out to the officer’s family, friends and colleagues at this incredibly difficult time,’ Queensland Commissioner Katarina Carroll said following the incident (pictured, Mr Masters)
Senior Constable David Masters, 53, died on the scene when he was hit by a white Hyundai Kona SUV while trying to deploy a tyre-deflating device on the Bruce Highway
Police are urging Wallis, or anyone with information on her whereabouts, to contact police.
The burnt-out wreckage of the vehicle was found in Moodlu, about 25km away from the scene, close to the home of the alleged passenger.
O’Brien, the alleged passenger, was charged with murder, arson, and unlawful use of a vehicle.
She was refused bail and will face Caboolture Magistrates Court on Monday morning.
Queensland Commissioner Katarina Carroll delivered an ominous message to the runaway driver, who allegedly fled the scene.
‘Our message is you come to us, because we will be coming to you very shortly,’ Commissioner Carroll said.
Queensland Police Officers are seen comforting each other at the scene where 53-year-old Senior Constable David Masters was killed on the Bruce Highway at Burpengary in Brisbane, Saturday
A woman is seen leaving flowers outside the Deception Bay Police Station following the tragedy
The police cap of 53-year-old Senior Constable David Masters is seen next to an evidence marker beside the Bruce Highway
‘It is with a very heavy heart we confirm the loss of a senior constable who was working hard to protect his community.
‘My sincerest condolences go out to the officer’s family, friends and colleagues at this incredibly difficult time.’
Police appealed for witnesses – especially anyone with dashcam footage – to the incident.
The registration of the vehicle involved is 803ZLA.
Queensland Police Forensic Crash Unit and Ethical Standards Command immediately began investigating the horrific incident.
Masters (pictured) had been trying to pull the car over around 3am on Saturday on the Bruce Highway, near Deception Bay north of Brisbane
One man delivers flowers to the police station in honour of Mr Masters who died on Saturday morning
‘This is devastating news for our police family and we are offering support to all officers and staff,’ Commissioner Carroll said on Sunday.
‘Sadly, this incident demonstrates the dangers our officers face when working to keep our community safe each and every day.
‘I spoke to his colleagues and spent some time with them at Deception Bay and they had nothing but wonderful words for Dave – hard-working, capable, a beacon at the station, much loved by everyone at the station and across the community.’
The incident closed the Bruce Highway for close to eight hours on Saturday morning.
Queensland Police Union General Secretary Mick Barnes struggled to fight off tears as he spoke about his friend.
‘It’s one thing to turn up to these scenes in the hours of darkness but when you realise that it’s one of your friends — David lived for the job and he was dedicated and loved the outdoors, loved these horses — hence he was in the mounted unit,’ he said.
Investigations are continuing.
A police officer is hugged by friends outside the Deception Bay Police Station on Saturday
Officers were seen comforting each other at the scene of this morning’s fatal incident on the Bruce Highway where Senior Constable David Masters was struck and killed by a driver who remains on the run
Source: Daily Mail