Homicide detectives had to attend the horrific scene of their deceased colleagues last night, with Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton describing “an eerie quiet that sometimes you don’t see at crime scenes.”
Their deaths have shocked the force, with other colleagues forced to deliver the news to family and loved ones overnight.
“These police officers were doing something that we do 10 times, 20 times, 30 times a shift – intercepting a motor vehicle on the side of the road, this is the bread and butter of policing,” said Police Association Victoria Secretary Wayne Gatt.
“This isn’t the stuff that you go to do and expect to be killed doing. But each and every time a police officer does that for the next little while, they’ll have this in the back of their minds, there’s no doubt,” he said.