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Police officer among 6 people killed in gunfight in rural Australia




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Two police officers were shot dead in an ambush outside a house in the northeast countryside Australia Queensland police said on Monday a gun battle lasted several hours and ended with the deaths of all three suspects.

Police said the two officers killed were Constable Matthew Arnold, 29, and Constable Rachel McCrow, 26. Police said a 58-year-old civilian was also killed in the incident.

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll on Tuesday said four police officers had arrived at a remote property in Wieambilla, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) northwest of Brisbane, in the search for a missing person.

Upon arrival, they were “ambushed” by three gunmen, Carroll said. Arnold and McCrow died instantly from gunshot wounds, while two other officers were later taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“In my opinion, those two officers had no chance. It’s a miracle that two people got out alive,” Carroll said.

Police said a total of 16 police officers on duty were at the scene to retrieve the bodies of the officers who had been burned.

Police said the police’s Special Emergency Response Team then exchanged gunfire with the suspects in a four-hour shootout that ended with the deaths of the shooters – two men. and a woman, police said.

“There are a lot of weapons involved in what happened,” Carroll said.

Speaking on Tuesday, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said “all Australians will mourn this morning with the families of police officers who died in the line of duty and others injured.”

He said: “The police put their lives first for their fellow Australians every day, and this tragic news will hurt the whole country.

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