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Family to turn off shot officer’s life support

May 31st, 2011 Australia

Updated May 31, 2011 18:49:00


Senior Constable Damian Leeding, 35

Senior Constable Damian Leeding will have his life support switched off (Queensland Police)

Police say the family of a Queensland officer who was shot in the face have decided to turn off his life support in the next day.

Senior Constable Damian Leeding, 35, has been in an induced coma since being shot during an armed hold-up on Sunday night.

It is understood three people armed with guns had been threatening staff and customers at a Gold Coast tavern.

Senior Constable Leeding and another officer responded to a triple-0 call from one of the hostages being held inside. Shortly afterwards, the father of two was shot outside.

“The Queensland Police Service understands the family of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding have made the heartbreaking decision to turn off life support in the next 24 hours on medical advice concerning his condition,” Queensland Police said in a statement.

Police say they will continue to help Senior Constable Leeding’s family, friends and colleagues.

“Our thoughts are very much with his family, friends and Damian’s Coomera CIB colleagues this evening,” the statement said.

“We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the care of DSC Leeding, including the QAS officers, nursing and medical staff at the Gold Coast Hospital.”

Two men aged 37 and 38 and a 37-year-old woman were remanded in custody after appearing in court today on charges including attempted murder and deprivation of liberty.

The attack on Senior Constable Leeding has prompted calls for a dedicated armed-robbery investigation team to be set up on the Gold Coast.

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First posted May 31, 2011 18:42:00