After an alleged ambush at a remote Australian property, six persons were shot and killed, including two police officers 29 years old Rachel McCrow and 26 years old Matthew Arnold.
270 kilometers (168 miles) west of Brisbane, Queensland, in Wieambilla. Police said they were looking for a missing person when they came under fire.
Three suspects were fatally shot by police after a protracted siege. According to authorities, the reason is still unknown.
Australia was experiencing a “heartbreaking day,” according to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
On Monday afternoon local time, four armed Australian police officers responded to a call from New South Wales police and went to the property.
As they approached the property, constables Matthew Arnold, 26, and Rachel McCrow, 29, were shot and killed. According to authorities, one cop was hit by a “bullet graze,” while the other three managed to leave unharmed.
Alan Dare, a neighbor who was 58 years old, was slain by the suspects after visiting the residence to look into the matter.
Before the suspects
Two men and a woman were shot by specially trained officers. The siege, which featured “several weapons,” had lasted for hours.
One of them was revealed to be 46-year-old Nathaniel Train, a former school principal who was the subject of a police search warrant for a missing individual.
The other co-owners of the home were his brother Gareth Train, 47, and Gareth’s wife Stacey Train, 45.
The attack, according to Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll, was a “unimaginable tragedy” and the largest single fatality for the department in many years.
“Those officers did not stand a chance. The fact that two got out alive is a miracle,” she said after visiting the scene on Tuesday.
The rookie cop, who was not hurt, was able to locate cover and make an assistance call.
According to Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers
The suspects then attempted to lure her out by starting a fire.
“She did not know whether she was going to be shot, or if she was going to burnt alive,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
“I do know she was sending messages to loved ones, saying she was at a point where she thought it was her time. What was going through her mind, one cannot comprehend.”
The operation was later on handed to specialist police.
Despite being relatively new to the police department, Ms. McCrow and Mr. Arnold were well-liked, according to Ms. Carroll.
“Both under 30 years of age. Both had wonderful careers and lives ahead of them,” the visibly emotional commissioner told reporters.
Due to the continuing investigation, Ms. Carroll stated she was unable to speculate about a potential motivation or confirm whether the police were invited to the scene.
According to a number of media publications. Gareth Train appeared to have frequently posted to online discussion boards that supported conspiracies. He misrepresented the country’s deadliest mass shooting as a government plot to arm Australians and expressed his mistrust of police in online posts, according to The Guardian.
Following the 1996 massacre in Port Arthur, Tasmania, where 35 people were killed by a lone gunman, Australia enacted some of the strictest gun laws in the entire world.
Who was Rachel McCrow?
Rachel McCrow was an Australian who was among two police officers who were shot dead outside a hous. Rachel was 29 years old and was recently appointed as a constable in Queensland.