There has been an outpouring of grief and calls for support after the death of a loving mum and police officer while on duty.
Senior Constable Kym Slade, 48, died after shooting herself while on duty at Loganholme Police Station last Thursday.
In a statement, Queensland Police said Senior Constable Slade passed away after a gun was discharged ‘in non-suspicious circumstances’.
Community members placed flowers outside the police station as a tribute while friends and former colleagues posted on social media.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll confirmed the sad news in an email to staff on Thursday evening.
“Just after midday today (Thursday 20 July), Senior Constable Slade died following the discharge of a police issued firearm at Loganholme Police Station.
“I know you will all join me by keeping Kym’s family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts at this extremely difficult time.
“I would also like to sincerely thank the police and first responders who assisted at the scene, my thoughts are also with you all.
“The coming days will be incredibly difficult for our organisation, so I urge you all to look out for each other.’
“There are many support options available for our members and if you need help, please speak to a senior psychologist, social worker, police chaplain or a PSO (Peer Support Officer). More information about these services is available here.
“To all our members, I mourn with you tonight.”
“With Honour She Served.”
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