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Alleged cop killer faces murder charge, deadly driver remains on run

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A woman charged with murdering a Queensland police officer allegedly hit by a stolen car in a “deliberate act”, has had her matter briefly mentioned in court.

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Police believe Kari O’Brien, 24, was in the car when the officer was killed, as they continue to hunt for another woman accused of being the driver.

O’Brien, from Morayfield, was not present in Caboolture Magistrates Court on Monday and her lawyer Grant Young made no application for bail with the matter next scheduled for August 2.

Detectives are trying to find a 33-year-old woman, believed to be the driver, they say is known to frequent the Caboolture area.

Senior Constable Dave Masters, 53, was responding to a suspected stolen vehicle when he was struck on the Bruce Highway at Burpengary just after 3am on Saturday.

The vehicle – a hire car from Ipswich that was not returned – was found on Saturday afternoon burnt out in semi-rural Moodlu, about 17 kilometres from where Sen Const Masters was killed.

“The actions of the vehicle, the course of direction that it took, lead us to believe that it was a deliberate act,” homicide squad Detective Superintendent Craig Morrow said on Sunday.

“There is footage that we are still going through … there is footage that shows the actions of the vehicle.”

O’Brien was charged with murder, arson and unlawfully using a motor vehicle.

 

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