Rick Maddison shot and killed Toowoomba police officer Brett Forte.
Rick Maddison shot and killed Toowoomba police officer Brett Forte. Contributed

REVEALED: Cop killer's violent past

RICKY Charles Maddison, the armed fugitive holed up in a Lockyer Valley property after the shooting death of Senior Constable Brett Forte, has a history of violent offences stretching back over a decade it has emerged.

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In October of 2008 AAP reported that now 40-year-old Maddison was refused bail in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on charges including torture and deprivation of liberty.

He was charged with seven criminal offences and four drug matters.

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Police alleged the serious offences occurred in a car on the Gatton bypass.

Maddison pleaded guilty in Toowoomba Magistrates Court in 2005 to an assault charge after he punched a man twice and fractured his skull.

Rick Maddison is suspected of fatally shooting Toowoomba police officer Brett Forte.
Rick Maddison is suspected of fatally shooting Toowoomba police officer Brett Forte. Contributed

He was fined $1000 and ordered to pay $5000 in compensation.

In February of 2009 Maddison pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm after he punched a man in a Toowoomba nightclub in December of 2007 and left him with a facial fracture near his right eye.

Maddison was ordered to pay $10,000 in compensation to the victim and was sentenced to six months in prison, which was suspended for three years.

At the time the Toowoomba Chronicle reported that Judge Michael Forde said to Maddison: "It is clear you have a very thuggish element about you."

Rick Maddison is suspected of fatally shooting Toowoomba police officer Brett Forte.
Rick Maddison is suspected of fatally shooting Toowoomba police officer Brett Forte. Contributed

Maddison, now armed with a semi-automatic weapon in a Lockyer Valley property while police try and coax him out, is well known to local police.

"He does have a number of arrest warrants out for him currently…which stretch back a long way," a police source said.

"He is a very bad egg."


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