Six people, including two police officers, were killed in a gunfight in Australia’s Queensland state on Monday.
Six people, including two police officers, were killed in a gunfight in rural Australia. (Representative image)
By India Today Web Desk: At least six people, including two police officers, were killed in a shooting in Australia’s Queensland state on Monday. According to the authorities, police visited the place to investigate reports of a missing person.
The incident took place in Wieambilla – 270km (168 miles) west of Brisbane, Queensland, reported the BBC.
According to the officials, three suspects were fatally shot by police in a lengthy siege. However, the motive behind opening fire remains unclear.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese called it a “heartbreaking day” for Australia.
The police officers were shot by two armed offenders on Monday when they approached the property after a request from New South Wales police.
Constables Matthew Arnold, 26, and Rachel McCrow, 29, were shot dead as they approached. The two had only recently started their policing careers. Another officer suffered a bullet injury while the fourth officer escaped the property.
“As soon as they entered the property, they were inundated with gunfire and they never had a chance,” said Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers, as quoted by news agency AFP.
“Two police officers were executed in cold blood,” he said.
A civilian, neighbor, was also killed by the suspects during the siege.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll described it as an “unimaginable tragedy” and largest loss of life the state police suffered in recent times.
She said a group of 16 local officers had tried to rescue the cops before specialist police arrived and took over the operation.
The siege continued for hours, before the suspects, two men and one woman, were shot, reported BBC.
With investigations ongoing, Carroll said she couldn’t say if police were lured to the property, or comment on a possible motive. She said “many weapons” were used during the incident.
Circumstances surrounding the incident, including the deaths, will be investigated.