Top cop stood down over death of man in Cairns for buck's party


North Queensland's top cop has been stood down pending an investigation into the early-morning death of a man in the driveway of Cairns police station.

Father of two Ryan Savage was struck and killed by a police vehicle. Picture: Facebook

Assistant Commissioner Paul Taylor, the most senior police officer in north Queensland, ran over a man from the outback town of Longreach, in a car park driveway as he arrived for work about 4.20am on Monday.

Mr Taylor has been stood down during investigations.

Ryan Savage, who was visiting Cairns to celebrate a friend’s buck's party, was trapped under Mr Taylor's car and could not be saved.

The 37-year-old father-of-two was the owner of Longreach’s only butcher shop, BF Savage and Co Butchery.

A senior Longreach officer has spoken with his family and will keep in contact during the investigation into his death.

Assistant Commissioner Paul Taylor has been stood down pending investigations into the incident. Picture: Queensland Police

Police have told AAP the inquiry will look at whether Mr Savage was lying unconscious or dead in the down ramp to the car park when hit.

Officers from the ethical standards command were flying from Brisbane to undertake the investigation with assistance from Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission.

Respected and well-liked, Mr Taylor was promoted to one of the Queensland Police Service's most senior roles, assistant commissioner, in September last year.

He had acted as the northern region assistant commissioner for two years, prior to being permanently appointed to the role, after previously being Cairns chief superintendent.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart called the incident ‘a tragedy on so many levels’.

"It's our job to investigate that and to quite independently ensure a rigorous investigation is undertaken."

Longreach residents are mourning their local butcher.

On Facebook, Mr Savage has been described as a "great mate" and a "beautiful person".

"So very sad for our little community," one woman posted.

"My deepest condolences to the Savage family, I can't even begin to imagine what they are going through right now."

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