Wieambilla: Six dead in shooting at remote Australian property

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Six people, including two police officers, have been fatally shot after a suspected ambush at a remote Australian property. Police said they had been searching for a missing person in Wieambilla – 270km (168 miles) west of Brisbane, Queensland – when they were fired upon. After a lengthy siege, three suspects were fatally shot by police. A motive remains unclear, authorities said. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese called it a “heartbreaking day” for Australia. Four police officers – who are armed in Australia – initially went to the property on Monday afternoon local time, after a request from New South Wales police. Constables Matthew Arnold, 26, and Rachel McCrow, 29, were shot dead as they approached the property. Another officer suffered a “bullet graze” and the fourth escaped without physical injury, police said. A neighbour, 58-year-old Alan Dare, was killed by the suspects after going to the property to investigate. The siege involved “many weapons” and continued for hours, before the suspects – two men and a woman – were shot by specially trained officers, authorities said.(BBC)…[+]