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Public funeral for slain police officer Jason Doig

Landmarks will be lit in blue as the South Australian police community grieves the loss of veteran cop Jason Doig and the commissioner's son, Charlie Stevens.

Brevet Sergeant Jason Doig posing for a photograph outside Lucindale police station in Lucindale, South Australia. Image AAP

South Australians will have the opportunity to farewell Jason Doig in a public ceremony after the slain officer's family agreed to a police funeral in honour of his life and service to the community.

The announcement comes after a tragic few days for the force. 

Brevet Sergeant Doig was killed and Sergeant Michael Hutchinson wounded after they were allegedly shot by Jaydn Stimson, 26, at a rural property in Senior, near the Victorian border, on Thursday night.

Just hours after addressing the public about the incident on Friday, Police Commissioner Grant Stevens learned his 18-year-old son, Charlie, had been involved in an alleged hit-run in Goolwa, about 90km southeast of Adelaide.

Charlie Stevens died on Saturday night.

Premier Peter Malinauskas said landmarks would on Monday night be lit up in blue in memory of Mr Doig and in support of the police family more broadly.

"It's been a weekend in which the preciousness of life, certainly in my little world, has been in full view," he said on Monday. 

"Just how fragile life is and how fortunate we are to experience it and how quickly it can be taken away.

"It's important we savour every moment and value the things that matter most and family is paramount among those.

"Police in South Australia are not just an important institution but an institution we invest our hope in when things are going wrong and our trust in on a permanent basis, so when something like this happens it is confronting."

Blue lights will shine on buildings across Adelaide, including SAPOL headquarters, Adelaide Oval, parliament house and Adelaide town hall.

Deputy Commissioner Linda Williams said Sgt Hutchinson was doing well after being treated at Flinders Medical Centre and had received a "huge amount of support".

Constable Rebekah Cass, who was also at the scene of the shooting but was uninjured, was being supported by fellow officers and her family, she said.

"What those three members faced and obviously cost Jason his life was unimaginable," Ms Williams said.

"We obviously have been heart-warmed by the outpouring of support across the community for both Jason and Charlie. 

"We really appreciate the community coming together to support us in what is a truly difficult time."

Stimson remains in hospital under police guard with life-threatening injuries. He is yet to be charged.

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