6 dead, including 2 officers, after shooting in rural Australia

Officers Brough and Kirk were hospitalized. Information on his condition was not immediately available.

A man who lived nearby, Alan Dare, 58, went to investigate the grass fire and was “shot in the back in cold blood,” Mr. Leavers said.

Two men and a woman believed to have shot the officers and Mr. Dare were later killed by police, officials said. All three were heavily armed, Commissioner Carroll said, adding: “There is considerable weaponry involved in what happened there.”

Officials did not release the names of the people killed by police, but Australian media reported that two of them were Mr. Train, the late former director, and his brother Gareth Train. A spokesman for the New South Wales Department of Education said on Tuesday that one of its former employees was among the dead.

According to New South Wales police, relatives in the state had last seen Mr. Train, 46, has been dating for a year, but kept in touch with them until October. They had “serious concerns” for his welfare after he failed to arrive, and reported him missing in December. 4, police said.

In a post on Twitter on Monday night, Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described the day’s events as “heartbreaking”. He added: “My condolences to all who are grieving tonight – Australia mourns with you.”

Multiple fatal shootings are extremely rare in Australia, which imposed strict gun laws after a 1996 mass shooting in Tasmania that killed 35 people. Twenty-two members of the police force, out of about 58,500 sworn officers, were killed between 2010 and 2021, according to research by Bond University in Queensland. Of these 22, five officers were killed by armed criminals.

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