Slain Qld cop's 3yr old asks for Dad

Laura Polson

Slain Queensland police officer Brett Forte's three-year-old son keeps asking when dad will be home.

Sen Const Forte was fatally shot while on duty on May 29 and the gunman Rick Maddison was later shot dead by police following a prolonged siege.

Maddison's actions tragically took Sen Const Forte away from his loving wife Susan and their three children Emma, Brodie and Sam.

Speaking with Macquarie Radio on Thursday, Brett's brother Chris said the officer's three-year-old son Sam asks when his dad is coming home to put him to sleep.

"He hasn't been too good at all," Chris told the Brisbane radio station.

"It's been really tough, how do you answer that to a three-year-old little boy, how do you tell him that his dad has tragically passed away? It's a really tough situation."

Chris said the family has taken comfort in the huge support from the Toowoomba community, as well as the push for a road to be renamed in Sen Const Forte's honour.

A Queensland Parliament petition has been created for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing to be renamed as the Brett Forte Way.

The online petition has reached more than 9000 signatures and must reach 10,000 by July 31 to be discussed by state Parliament.

Chris said this week Forte's daughter Emma turned 17.

"If it's named after Brett she can drive up there thinking this is my dad's road," he said.