Slain Queensland police officer Brett Forte was born into a police family destined to be a hero, according to his grieving father.
Senior Constable Forte died while trying to save his partner's life after their patrol car was peppered with a volley of bullets by career criminal Rick Maddison in the Lockyer Valley.
His partner's parents, Ross and Pat Ibell, have revealed it was Sen Const Forte's bravery and actions in reversing their car under the heavy machine-gun fire which saved their daughter Cathy's life on Monday afternoon.
Stuart Forte said he was not surprised to hear of the courage of his son - a third-generation policeman.
"I think he was born to be a hero," the former officer told the Seven Network.
"He was born into a police family and he just went along ... the people he looked up to were my friends.
"Brett was a very good police officer; my wife and I are extremely proud of him."
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said Sen Const Forte was shot immediately but still had "the sense, the fortitude and the courage to try and back out of the situation to try and protect his partner who was sitting beside him in the car".
"I would call him a hero in every sense of the word," Mr Stewart told the Nine Network.
It has been reported police are investigating whether Maddison, who is said to have harboured animosity towards police, deliberately lured officers to a roadside ambush.
Maddison was shot dead by heavily-armed special response officers just before noon on Tuesday after a 21-hour siege when he fled his bushland stronghold while firing at police.
Sen Const Forte will be honoured with a minute's silence before the start of Wednesday night's State of Origin at Suncorp Stadium.
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers, who previously worked with the Toowoomba-based officer in Ipswich, said everything was being done for the grieving family.
"I have been in contact with some of Brett's family, I haven't spoken to his wife (Susan) because she is too distraught. They are really doing it tough at the moment," he said.
Stuart Forte said Susan, also a police officer, was still too upset to visit the makeshift memorial that had been set up outside the Toowoomba police station.
Sen Const Forte's best friend, Bryce Coventon, said the 41-year-old father-of-three had recently become worried about the risks of the job.
Mr Coventon said the prevalence of drugs in the Toowoomba area had heightened his concerns.
"The last few times I saw him, he did let it (be) known that he was a little bit scared about the job," he told ABC radio.
"But he just didn't know what else to do. But he just passionately loved the job."
Floral tributes have been left outside the police station where he served as a member of Toowoomba's Tactical Crime Squad.