Senior Constable Damian Leeding was responding to a triple-0 call at the Pacific Pines Tavern when he was shot.
Senior Constable Damian Leeding was shot in the face at the Pacific Pines Tavern on Sunday night.
A police statement tonight said: “The Queensland Police Service understands that 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.
“The Queensland Police Service is – and will continue – to provide every possible support to the family of DSC Leeding during this incredibly sad time, and our thoughts are very much with his family, friends and Damian’s Coomera CIB colleagues this evening.
“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.”
Sen-Const Leeding’s family were awaiting the arrival of his father and sister who were making a dash from the UK, but they are now not expected to arrive until possibly Thursday.
Speaking outside Gold Coast Hospital earlier today, Sen. Const Leeding’s father-in-law, Gary O’Brien, said decisions on the officer’s fate “could possibly be made today”.
Mr O’Brien, the father of Sen. Const Leeding’s police officer wife Sonya, said the family was trying to stay strong.
“At the moment, we’re all travelling a bit of a bumpy road but we’re all doing okay,” he said.
“We just want to thank everybody on the Gold Coast – the support has been absolutely amazing.”
Mr O’Brien, a paramedic, said he had been dealing with tragedy for 30 years “but when the boot’s on the other foot, it’s pretty tough going”.
“We’d just like people to respect our privacy both here (at the hospital) and at home,” he said.
“There will possibly be decisions made today and I’m sure you guys (the media) will hear about it after today.”
Mr O’Brien described his son-in-law as “absolutely the most amazing guy”.
“As well as a son-in-law, he’s a good mate,” he said.
“(He’s the) father of two of my grandkids and a guy who just lives for each day, his family and his kids. He’s just the best guy you could meet.”
Mr O’Brien said the welfare of Sen-Const Leeding’s two children, baby Grace and two-year-old Hudson, was now the priority for the family.
“Everybody’s doing their hardest to make sure that side of the family’s kept intact and we’re moving forward with that,” he said.
Three people have been remanded in custody over the shooting.
THREE people charged over the attempted shooting murder of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding
THREE people will face court tomorrow morning charged over the attempted shooting murder of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding
A 37-year-old man, a 38-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, all from Nerang, have been charged with the attempted murder of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding.
They are also charged with armed robbery and seven counts of deprivation of liberty of four tavern patrons, two staff members and security guard.
Police will allege that shortly before 11pm last night, officers were called to an armed robbery in progress at the Pacific Pines Tavern.
Plain Clothes Senior Constable Damian Leeding was in the first responding vehicle from the Coomera CIB and was allegedly shot in the head by a shotgun.
Police will allege the violent attack was captured on CCTV footage.
They are expected to appear in Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Sen Const Leeding is married to a police officer, Sonya, and is the father of two young children.
He is in a critical condition in the Gold Coast Hospital.
It follows last night’s robbery where gunmen stormed the Pacific Pines Tavern just on closing time and took staff and patrons hostage as they demanded money.
Senior Constable Damian Leeding, one of the first two officers on the scene, was shot in the head.
The incident occurred just before 11pm last night as police responded to an armed robbery call-out.
The 35-year-old officer is in a critical condition at Gold Coast Hospital at Southport.
Sen Const Leeding, who is based at Coomera, is married to a police officer, Sonya, and is the father of two young children.
Police Minister Neil Roberts said the thoughts of all were with Damian as he fights for life.
”We hope and pray that he recovers from these awful injuries,” he said.
Police commissioner Bob Atkinson said the first response unit contained two detectives, Damian Leeding and his female partner.
”They arrived at the tavern at approximately quarter to 11 last night. The armed robbery was still in progress at that time.
”We will be alleging this offence was around closing time, we will be alleging that hostages were involved and we will be alleging that the hostages involved were both staff and patrons.
”Soon after, Senior Constable Damian Leeding was shot in the head with a shot gun.
”He is in a critical condition in the Gold Coast Hospital. His family are with him — his wife is by his side.
”We hold grave concerns for his overall condition.”
The commissioner said the dog quad officers tracked two offenders and the scene and a third person was located later.
He said there may still be other offenders with a long way to go in the investigation.
Assistant commissioner Paul Wilson praised the first aid efforts of Sen Const Leeding’s female partner on the job who kept him alive.
Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said Sen Const Leeding may have only been an officer for eight years but he has quickly risen through the ranks to work in the plain clothes division.
”The family is at the hospital now and conducting a vigil,” Mr Atkinson said.
”He’s put his safety at risk to protect the public.
”We pray he is OK, but he is in a critical condition.”
The shooting comes after a call for a specialist armed robbery squad on the Gold Coast following a spate of hold-ups this year.
Mr Atkinson said this incident would raise further questions about the need for a specific armed robbery squad on the Gold Coast.
”Nothing’s off the table,” Mr Atkinson told reporters.
”We review the staffing needs of this area constantly and particularly each year.
”This was a higher end type armed robbery.
”It occurred around closing time and people were taken effectively hostage.”