The man who allegedly shot and killed Brevet Sergeant Jason Doig in rural South Australia has been identified, with the accused’s family breaking their silence.
Sergeant Doig, 53, and his colleagues Constable Rebekah Cass and Sergeant Michael Hutchinson responded to a report of a man who had shot a dog on a family property in Senior, near Bordertown, at around 11.20pm on Thursday.
The trio was allegedly confronted by 26-year-old Jaydn Stimson upon arrival, and another gunfight began, with Sgt. Sgt. being fatally shot. Doig.
Mr Hutchinson suffered non-life-threatening gunshot injuries and remains at Flinders Medical Center to recover from his injuries.
Jaydn Stimson has been identified as the alleged gunman who shot dead a South Australian police officer
The 26-year-old was shot by police at the scene and remains in hospital under Adelaide Police guard, suffering serious life-threatening injuries
Mr Stimson’s family broke their silence on Friday, offering condolences to the families of Sgt. Doig and Sgt. Hutchinson, Advertiser reported.
“As a family, we are heartbroken by the events that took place overnight,” they said.
“For now, our thoughts remain with Sgt Hutchinson and his family as he recovers from his injuries.”
“Our thoughts are also with the southeastern community affected by this tragedy,” the statement read.
“At this time, our family requests privacy as we process the events that have occurred.”
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens confirmed that only Stimson was on the property at the time of the shooting
The alleged shooter remains in hospital under police guard after he was airlifted to Adelaide for treatment and suffered serious life-threatening injuries.
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said Mr Stimson was the only person on the property at the time of the fatal shooting.
The assistance provided to him and Sgt. Doig was treated at the scene by two officers who were praised for their efforts.
“The fact that these two officers acted in such difficult circumstances is a testament to their courage and commitment to their duties and to their colleagues,” added Commissioner Stevens.
Sergeant Doig had been in the police force for almost 35 years and was a police station officer in Lucindale, a small town of 600 people located 125km from Senior.
Brevet Sergeant Jason Doig (pictured) tragically died in the line of duty. He has served in the SA Police since 1989
SA Sergeant Michael Hutchinson (pictured) was also shot dead. He was airlifted to Adelaide with non-life-threatening injuries
His colleague from Bordertown, 31-year-old Constable Cass, was not physically injured in the incident. She also provided first aid to her colleagues and the suspect.
Crime branch detectives, forensic officers and internal investigation officers remained at the scene on Friday.
Sergeant Doig was highly respected by his colleagues and had been a member of the South East community for over 15 years.
“The tragic incident left no one indifferent. There wouldn’t be a single police officer today who wouldn’t think about the sacrifice Jason made and the risks inherent in the role of policing,” Commissioner Stevens told reporters. on Friday.
“It was one of those jobs that would be part of a police officer’s daily routine.
“You can only imagine in the early morning hours how many people were wondering if someone they cared about was involved in this incident.”
“Police officers come to work knowing there are risks involved in the job, but this is a stark reminder of what can result.”
Sergeant Doig’s death shocked the tight-knit community of Lucindale, where he was stationed.
“We are devastated by the devastating news of our Brevet Police Officer, Sergeant Jason Doig, who tragically passed away overnight,” the local fire department wrote online.
“Many of us have worked with Jason over the years. Thank you Jason, we will miss you.
“Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those affected by this tragedy, including the two injured officers and the entire SAPOL family.”
Two SA Police officers and an armed suspect were shot dead in an overnight incident near the border with Victoria. The photo shows a medical helicopter at the scene
Sergeant Doig is the first SA Police officer to die in the line of duty in 21 years.
Motorcycle officer Senior Constable Bogdan (Bob) Sobczak was the last person to die in a road accident in 2002.
SA Police Minister Joe Szakacs was in contact with the commissioner throughout the night.
“In a hideous act of violence, a SAPOL officer was killed and another was seriously injured,” he wrote on X, the previously known Twitter.
“It’s unthinkable, tragic and shocking.”
SA Prime Minister Peter Malinauskas has been informed of the “terrible news”.
Foreign Minister and SA senator Penny Wong said her thoughts were with the loved ones of the murdered officer and the police community.
“Every day, police risk their lives to keep us all safe,” she wrote in X.
“I am devastated by the family of a South Australian officer who died while protecting our community.
“We hope for the full recovery of his injured colleague.”
The fatal shooting occurred near the South Australia-Victoria border, 270km southeast of Adelaide
Federal Opposition Leader and former police officer Peter Dutton also paid tribute, urging other Australians to do the same.”
“A person has died and a family has lost a loved one,” he told Nine’s Today Show.
“They took a turn and tried to do the right thing and help people. They met someone who had evil thoughts and consequences.
“The community should stop and once again thank our police officers for their work.”