Two police officers among six killed in gunfight in Australia’s Queensland

Police work near the scene of a fatal shooting, where police shot multiple people at a remote Queensland property after an ambush in which two officers and a bystander were also killed, in Wieambilla, Australia, on December 13, 2022. (AAP Image/Jason O’Brien via Reuters)

Six people including two police officers were killed in a gunfight at a remote property in Australia’s Queensland state, authorities said on Tuesday, after police visited the place to investigate reports of a missing person.

Initial information indicated the officers were shot by two armed offenders on Monday evening when they approached the residence on the property in Wieambilla, about 300 km (186 miles) northwest of Queensland’s capital Brisbane, state police said in a statement.

After specialist officers and air support responded to a siege situation at the property, three offenders including a woman were shot dead, the police said.

A member of the public was also killed while two other police officers were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Gun crime remains relatively rare in Australia which implemented some of the world’s toughest gun laws after a lone gunman killed 35 people in April 1996 at a cafe and tourist site at the former colonial prison of Port Arthur in the island state of Tasmania.

The officers visited the property after a missing person’s report was filed in New South Wales for Nathaniel Train, local media reported.

Nathaniel Train, a 46-year-old former school principal in New South Wales, his brother Gareth Train and an unidentified woman were the attackers shot dead by the police, they also reported. The police have not formally revealed the identities of the armed offenders.

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