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 a man had shot a dog on a family property in Senior, near Bordertown, at around 11.20pm on Thursday.
The trio were allegedly confronted by Jaydn Stimson, 26, upon arrival before a subsequent shootout began where Sgt Doig was fatally shot.
Mr Hutchinson suffered non-life threatening gunshot injuries and remains in Flinders Medical Centre, where he is expected to recover from his injuries.
Mr Stimson’s family broke their silence on Friday, extending their condolences to the families of Sgt Doig and Sgt Hutchinson, The Advertiser reported.
‘As a family, our hearts are broken by the incidents that occurred overnight,’ they said.
‘For now, our thoughts remain with Sergeant Hutchinson and his family while he recovers from his injuries.’
‘Our thoughts are also with the South East community who will all be affected by this tragedy,’ the statement read.
‘At this time, our family requests privacy while we process the events that have taken place.’
The alleged shooter remains in hospital under police guard after he was airlifted to Adelaide for treatment suffering serious life-threatening injuries.
Mr Stimson is believed to have been the only person at the property at the time of the fatal shooting, Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said.
Aid was rendered to him and Sgt Doig at the scene by the two officers, who were commended for their efforts.
‘For those two officers to act the way they did in such difficult circumstances speaks volumes for their courage and their commitment to their duty and to their colleagues,’ Commissioner Stevens added.
Sergeant Doig had been in the police force for almost 35 years and was the officer in charge at Lucindale Police Station, a small town that is home to 600 residents 125km from Senior.
His Bordertown colleague Constable Cass, 31, wasn’t physically injured in the incident. She also rendered first aid to her colleagues and the suspect.
Major crime detectives, forensic response 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 more than 15 years.
‘No-one is left untouched by the tragic incident, there wouldn’t be one single police officer today who was not thinking about the sacrifice that Jason has made and the risk that is inherent in the role of policing,’ Commissioner Stevens told reporters on Friday.
‘This was one of those jobs that would be part of the daily routine for police officers.
‘You can only imagine during the early hours of this morning the amount of people who were wondering waiting to find out whether it was someone they cared about involved in this incident.’
‘Police officers come to work knowing there are risks inherent in the job, but this is a stark reminder of what those risks may result in.’
Sergeant Doig’s death has rocked the close-knit community of Lucindale where he was stationed.
‘We are heartbroken by the devastating news of our police officer Brevet Sergeant Jason Doig who tragically passed away overnight,’ the local Country Fire Service brigade posted online.
‘Many of us have worked with Jason over the years . Thank you Jason you will be missed.’
‘Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those affected by this tragedy, including the two officers who were also injured and the entire SAPOL family.’
Sergeant Doig is the first SA police officer in 21 years to be killed while on duty.
Motorcycle officer Senior Constable Bogdan (Bob) Sobczak was the last, killed in a road crash in 2002.
SA police minister Joe Szakacs was in communication with the commissioner through the night.
‘A heinous act of violence has taken the life of a SAPOL officer, and seriously injured another,’ he posted on X, formerly known Twitter.
‘This is unthinkable, tragic and shocking.’.
SA Premier Peter Malinauskas has been briefed about the ‘terrible news’.
Foreign Minister and SA Senator Penny Wong said her thoughts were with the slain officer’s loved ones and the police community.
‘Every day, police risk their lives to keep us all safe,’ she posted on X.
‘I’m devastated for the family of a South Australian officer killed while protecting our community.
‘We hope for the full recovery of his injured colleague.’
Federal opposition leader and former police officer Peter Dutton also paid tribute as he urged other Aussies to do the same.’
‘A person has died and a family have lost a loved one,’ he told Nine’s Today Show.
‘They’ve gone to a shift and tried to do the right thing and help people. They’ve met with somebody who had evil thoughts and outcomes.
‘The community should stop and pause again and say thank you to our police officers for the work they do.’