Senior Constable Neill Scutts was shot in the groin when two men robbed a bank in Browns Plains, south of Brisbane, in March 1999.
The officer had to undergo emergency surgery after the bullet passed through his buttocks and narrowly missed a major artery.
“This still has quite a bit of emotion for me after all this time,” he said today before breaking down.
“I was conscious through the whole thing, I knew where I’d been shot, I knew I was at risk of dying if it had hit my artery.”
Senior Constable Scutts had his gun stolen by the bandits and police are appealing for anyone with information about the weapon to come forward.
“People out there know who’s responsible, people out there have information that is critical to the investigation,” Assistant Commissioner Michael Condon said.
“These cowards need to be brought to justice and put before the court.”
Police say $500,000 will be given to the person who first comes forward with information leading to the arrest and conviction for those involved.
Assistant Commissioner Condon said the reward also offers an indemnity from prosecution for any accomplice who first comes forward with the information needed to solve the cold case.
“There’s a code of silence that exists within those circles and our job is to keep putting pressure on the groups to ensure that someone eventually sees the light and comes forward,” he said.