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Hero cop who was shot in the face in siege is stood down after bullying claims

  • Hero police officer who was shot in the face in pub siege has been stood down
  • Sergeant Gary Hamrey received a bravery medal for his police work in 2013 
  • Police confirmed a 56-year-old sergeant was subject of bullying allegations 
  • The bullet shot by the hostage robber tore through Hamrey’s jaw and cheek

A hero police officer who was shot in the face during a pub siege has been stood down from his post following bullying allegations.

Sergeant Gary Hamrey, who headed the Gold Coast Police Dog Squad, last year received a bravery medal for his police work in the Arndel Tavern hostage situation in 2013.

Queensland Police confirmed a 56-year-old sergeant from the Operations Support Command had been stood down from official duty and would be tasked to a ‘non-operational role’ while the allegations are investigated.

Sergeant Gary Hamrey, (pictured) who heads the Gold Coast Police Dog Squad, last year received a bravery medal for his police work in the Arndel Tavern hostage situation in 2013

Queensland Police confirmed a 56-year-old sergeant from the Operations Support Command had been stood down from official duty and would be tasked to a 'non-operational role' while the allegations are investigated (Sgt Hamrey pictured)

Queensland Police confirmed a 56-year-old sergeant from the Operations Support Command had been stood down from official duty and would be tasked to a ‘non-operational role’ while the allegations are investigated (Sgt Hamrey pictured)

‘The officer is the subject of an investigation that the officer failed to treat co-workers with respect and dignity and in a reasonable, equitable and fair manner, failed to properly deal with property and failed to demonstrate high standards of professional integrity and honesty,’ the statement read. 

‘In keeping with our commitment to high standards of behaviour, transparency and accountability, we have undertaken to inform the public when an officer faces serious allegations of misconduct. 

‘This does not mean that the allegations against the officer have been substantiated.’

Sgt Hamrey and a fellow officer were commended for their bravery when two suspects held 15 people hostage in the Arundel pub.

Sgt Hamrey and a fellow officer were commended for their bravery when two suspects held 15 people hostage in the Arundel pub

Sgt Hamrey and a fellow officer were commended for their bravery when two suspects held 15 people hostage in the Arundel pub

The bullet shot by the hostage robber tore through Hamrey's jaw and cheek at the tavern (pictured)

The bullet shot by the hostage robber tore through Hamrey’s jaw and cheek at the tavern (pictured)

Sgt Hamrey and a colleague chased two robbers who held 15 people hostage at Arundel Tavern in 2013 (Scene pictured)

Sgt Hamrey and a colleague chased two robbers who held 15 people hostage at Arundel Tavern in 2013 (Scene pictured)

One of the thieves opened fire on Sgt Hamrey and a bullet tore through his cheek and jaw, before Senior Constable Stephen Cook returned fire and apprehended the offender. 

The hero cop’s first words in hospital following the shooting were to ask if his police dog Biff was okay.  

It is understood Sgt Hamrey was stood down from official duty only days before he was due to carry the Queen’s Baton at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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