[ad_1]

Robert Irwin has paid tribute to the victims of a shooting in rural Queensland that took the lives of two young police officers and one bystander on Monday afternoon.

Constables Rachel McCrow, 29, and Matthew Arnold, 26, were gunned down at a remote property in Wieambilla, about three hours west of Brisbane.

An innocent bystander, Alan Dare, 58, was also shot and killed in the attack, prompting special-ops officers to shoot dead three suspects, brothers Nathaniel and Gareth Train, and Gareth’s wife Stacey.

Robert Irwin (pictured) has paid tribute to the victims of a shooting in rural Queensland that took the lives of two young police officers and one bystander on Monday afternoon

Robert Irwin (pictured) has paid tribute to the victims of a shooting in rural Queensland that took the lives of two young police officers and one bystander on Monday afternoon 

Robert, the 19-year-old son of late conservationist and TV star Steve Irwin, offered his condolences in an Instagram post on Tuesday.

‘My heart goes out to Queensland Police and the families of those who lost their lives in yesterday’s tragedy,’ he wrote.

‘The sacrifice officers make every day to protect our community is immense and their dedication is admirable.’ 

The post was accompanied by a picture of the Queensland Police crest next to the words ‘With honour they served’.

Robert, the 19-year-old son of late conservationist Steve 'The Crocodile Hunter' Irwin, offered his condolences in an Instagram post on Tuesday

Robert, the 19-year-old son of late conservationist Steve ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin, offered his condolences in an Instagram post on Tuesday 

Robert and his family live at Australia Zoo, just four hours' drive from the site of the shootings. (Pictured from left: Robert, his mother Terri, his sister Bindi, Bindi's husband Chandler and the couple's daughter Grace)

Robert and his family live at Australia Zoo, just four hours’ drive from the site of the shootings. (Pictured from left: Robert, his mother Terri, his sister Bindi, Bindi’s husband Chandler and the couple’s daughter Grace)

Robert and his family live at Australia Zoo, just four hours’ drive from the site of the shootings.

His father Steve, known to millions around the world as ‘the Crocodile Hunter’, died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland.

Following his death, Steve’s family, including his children Robert and Bindi, widow Terri, and son-in-law Chandler Powell, have continued his conservation work at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast.

Rachel McCrow, 29, (pictured) joined the Queensland police force in June 2021

Matthew Arnold, 26, (pictured) joined the forced in March 2020

Constables Rachel McCrow, 29, (left) and Matthew Arnold, 26, (right) were gunned down at a remote property in Wieambilla, about three hours west of Brisbane 

It comes after Daily Mail Australia unearthed a series of paranoid posts shared online under the name of Gareth Train, who was shot dead alongside his wife Stacey and school principal brother Nathaniel on Monday evening in Wieambilla.

The three family members, dressed in camouflage and heavily armed, opened fire on a Queensland Police team who visited their property about 4.30pm on Monday to investigate the disappearance of Nathaniel – a respected head teacher who hadn’t been heard from since October and seen since December 2021.

The property, owned by Gareth, who spoke of prepping his home for an apocalypse, and his wife, was well off the grid and had extensive solar panels and water tanks.

Queensland Police officers are pictured at the scene on Tuesday

Queensland Police officers are pictured at the scene on Tuesday

Posts obtained by Daily Mail Australia show Gareth was extremely active online in the comments sections of fringe news websites and regularly shared bizarre – and sometimes delusional – theories about major world events. 

See also  Hunter Biden's ex business partner is set to testify with explosive trove of documents

In one rant on an online forum, it’s understood Gareth wrote that the Australian government was responsible for the Port Arthur Massacre, where 35 people were killed in Tasmania in 1996.

‘Anyone who watched the live media coverage at the time and was aware of the political deceit lead up knows that this was a Government Psychological Operation to disarm the Australian population,’ he wrote in November 2020.

Neighbour Alan Dare (pictured) was shot dead by the two men after he went to investigate the gunshots

Just two months earlier Gareth had claimed ‘chemical agents’ had been dropped over Australia, covering large parts of NSW, Victoria and Queensland. ‘We are now being poisoned and chemically manipulated on a massive scale,’ he wrote.

Gareth also regularly shared his mistrust for the Queensland Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) – the same team that arrived at his home and shot him.

‘The state sponsored terrorising squaddies – SOG, SERT and other special people are but government paramilitary hammers,’ he said in September last year.

The property, owned by Gareth, who spoke of prepping his home for an apocalypse, and his wife Stacey was well off the grid, had extensive solar panels and water tanks

The property, owned by Gareth, who spoke of prepping his home for an apocalypse, and his wife Stacey was well off the grid, had extensive solar panels and water tanks

His most outrageous claims were from April last year where he spoke of an ‘occult blood sacrifice’, which he said was responsible for the death of Princess Diana and 9/11.

‘Most don’t accept Princess Diana’s death was an Occult blood sacrifice to spellbind or the blood sacrifice of 9/11 or the War machine,’ he said.

‘Occult blood sacrifice runs hand in glove with Occult money magick.’ Occult refers to the practices of supernatural beliefs.

Four officers were at this Wains Road property at Wieambilla when they were fired upon

Four officers were at this Wains Road property at Wieambilla when they were fired upon

Gareth also claimed social media was ’embedded with Luciferian spellbinding’.

He also wrote an anti-vaccination post, while in another he spoke about his thoughts on Queensland which he referred to as the ‘bad lands’.

‘Bad cops, bad mobile service, bad roads, bad council, bad ice addicts, bad youth crime… but still the best spot to be living free.’

Gareth had a strong dislike for the police force. 

Police had attended the Queensland property as part of inquiries into missing man Nathaniel Train (pictured), last seen in Dubbo in central-west NSW a year ago

He also said he had been ‘ark homesteading for the past five years preparing to survive tomorrow’ – suggesting he had been prepping his home for an apocalypse by going off the grid.

On a thread about trains, Gareth wrote: ‘Re-education camps are located at the end of the line. Monitoring the rail system will ensure no escape. Dissenters will find themselves catching the long black train.’

Meanwhile, his brother, Nathaniel Train, was a very highly regarded teacher who was hailed by his colleagues for his work with children, raising standards and dramatically improving exam results.

He was well-loved as principal at Yorkeys Knob State School near Cairns where he was principal for about five years – after joining from Innisfail East State School where he was principal since 2011. 

See also  Portland homeless woman says that being on the streets is a 'piece of cake'

He was most recently the Executive Principal at Walgett Community College Primary School.

‘He made Yorkeys the highest performing NAPLAN school in far north Queensland,’ one former colleague told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday.

Stacey Train was also an educator, and the head of curriculum at the Tara Shire State College.

She also ran to be the representative of the Western Downs branch of the Queensland teachers union. 

HOW THE TRAGEDY UNFOLDED 

Monday 4.30pm: Four officers attended a property on Wains Road at Wieambilla as part of inquiries into a missing persons investigation

4.30-5pm: Two gunmen dressed in camo armed opened fire as police ­approached the house 

A male constable, 29, and his female colleague, 26, were shot at close range and hit the ground. The gunmen stood over the injured officers and shot them again before taking their Glock pistols. A neighbour was also shot dead.

After 5pm:  A third officer shot in the leg who managed to escape is taken to the local hospital. A fourth who fled into surrounding bushland is later rescued by a specialist police tactical team.

6pm: Police declare an emergency declaration zone encompassing the area between Chinchilla Tara Rd, Wieambilla Rd, Bennetts School Rd, and Mary Street.

After 6pm: Sporadic gunfire was reported by locals throughout the night

10.30pm: Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll pays tribute to the killed officers in an emotional press conference

11.30pm:  A shootout with the Special Emergency Response Team police leaves two men and a woman dead.

Two other officers were injured in the shooting on Monday.

Constable Randall Kirk, who is 28 with a toddler and a pregnant wife, was shot in the leg but managed to escape.

Keely Brough, 28, managed to escape and hide the bush, and sent frantic text messages to loved ones as she prepared for the worst with the gunmen setting fire to the bush to smoke her out.

She was later rescued by a specialist police tactical team which had scrambled to the scene. 

Alan Dare, who lives on a neighbouring property, came out to inspect the commotion was also shot before two camouflaged gunmen. 

Queensland Police commissioner Katarina Carroll said during a press conference on Tuesday it was miracle the two officers survived.

‘They bravely did what they could to save their colleagues in the most horrendous circumstances,’ she said.

Cops mourned across Australia 

 By Australian Associated Press

‘With honour, they served.’

That’s how Australia is remembering two police constables gunned down along with a property owner, the highest number of police killed in a single incident in recent memory.

Constable Matthew Arnold, 26, and Rachel McCrow, 29, died along with neighbour Alan Dare, 58, after two men and a woman opened fire on them at a property at Wieambilla on the Western Downs.

Commissioner Katarina Carroll says the “absolutely devastating” attack was extremely emotional and challenging for Queenslanders.

‘I know we are all thinking of the victims’ families who are grieving at this difficult time,’ she told reporters.

See also  Teenager, 16, guilty of killing boy, 15, who was stabbed in heart on way home from school

‘With honour, they served.’

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said flags will fly at half-mast on government buildings across the state, while Brisbane’s Story and Victoria bridges will be lit blue and white in mourning.

‘Hopefully it will give the QPS family some comfort that the people of this state absolutely respect and appreciate every single thing that they do,’ she said.

‘I doubt that this will bring much comfort to the families and loved ones of those who were killed.

‘They were so young, so young, they were incredibly bright, these were absolutely callous, brutal acts.’

The attack during a routine welfare check on a missing person was ‘beyond imagination’, she said, and the sort of thing Australians usually heard about happening overseas.

‘Our hearts just go out to the young constables who lost their lives in such a tragic … it’s just … words cannot describe,’ Ms Palaszczuk said.

‘When I was hearing about this and speaking to people involved, I just couldn’t believe this was happening in our community.’

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said it was a rough day for all police and their families, and he praised their ‘public service at the highest level’.

‘This is not a price that anyone who puts on the uniform should ever pay,’ he said.

Federal Opposition Leader Peter Dutton, also a former police officer, said the attack would ‘send a shiver down the spine of any police officer’.

‘Of course, the police family is absolutely devastated,’ Mr Dutton said.

‘People will be scarred from the experience. It’s time for our community, for our country to come together around police and support them.’

On the other side of the country, West Australian Police Commissioner Col Blanch said flags would be flown at half-mast in memory of the two constables, while the WA police union has donated $10,000 to a remembrance fund for the pair and organised for a number of Perth venues to be lit blue and white.

‘I know WA Police officers have also felt the impact of the deaths, and many have reached out to their colleagues in Queensland to offer support,’ Mr Blanch said.

‘All officers across Australia and New Zealand will be feeling a sense of loss today.’

Police Association of Tasmania president Colin Riley said the killings had the hallmarks of a ‘targeted execution of police’ and were very personal for his members.

‘It triggers reflection by our members of the very real risks that we face every day doing our jobs, their own near misses that they have attended over the years and the possible consequences on their families,’ he said.

Australian Federal Police Association president Alex Caruana said the two Queensland officers would leave ‘a big hole’ in the Western Downs community, and Australians should rally behind those affected.

‘It won’t just be the police family or the blue family, that’ll be feeling it, it’ll be the whole community, and they’re going to need support, they’re going to need support through this,’ he told ABC Radio Canberra.

 

[ad_2]

Source link