The family of a South Australian police officer fatally shot on the job have accepted the offer of a police funeral.
Brevet Sergeant Jason Doig, 53, was one of the three officers called to an isolated rural property in Senior, about 15km north of Bordertown in the state’s southeast, following reports a dog had been shot on Thursday night.
He was allegedly shot and fatally wounded, and was confirmed dead at the scene.
On Monday, Premier Peter Malinauskas confirmed the family accepted a police funeral to honour Sergeant Doig’s life and service to the South Australian community.
A date has not yet been set for the ceremony.
Buildings and landmarks across Adelaide, including the state police headquarters, Adelaide Oval, parliament and the Adelaide Town Hall, will be lit up in blue on Monday night as a sign of respect to the fallen officer.
Police and the Department of Premier & Cabinet Protocol Unit will assist the family to plan the funeral.
Sergeant Doig’s death is the first time a serving police officer has died in the line of duty in the state in more than 20 years.
The three officers attended the Senior Rd property on what has been described as a “perfectly routine day in the job” following reports an animal had been harmed by a firearm.
The 26-year-old occupant, Jaydn Stimson, allegedly opened fire at police when confronted.
He was then allegedly shot by police, receiving life-threatening injuries.
He has appeared in court from his hospital bed at the Royal Adelaide Hospital on Monday afternoon after being charged with murder and attempted murder.
Sergeant Michael Hutchinson also suffered gunshot wounds during the shooting while Constable Rebekah Cass was uninjured and desperately tried to provide aid to both her injured colleagues.