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Police came close to finding cop-killer’s lair before officer gunned down

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“People were saying that they thought the gunshots were coming from the west or the north – Wallers Road [where Maddison’s hideout was] ran through that area.

“I thought it was just someone with an illegal weapon shooting targets in the bush … at that stage … there was nothing sinister on my radar.

“I didn’t know it [the automatic gunfire] was coming from that area [Wallers Road] until I spoke to a resident further west of Wallers Road.

“He said: ‘Oh, are you here about the gunfire?’

“I said: ‘Yes.’

“He said: ‘Is it the automatic gunfire?’

“I said: ‘Yes.’

A file image of an SKS assault rifle similar to the type of weapon Ricky Maddison was armed with.Credit:Joseph Sapienza

“He said: ‘Oh, it’s coming…



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