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Two of six police officers killed in shooting in Australian state of Queensland: cops

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Six people died Tuesday in a shooting in the state of Queensland in Australia. (Representative)

Sydney:

Six people have died, including two police officers in their 20s, in a shooting in the Australian state of Queensland, police said on Tuesday.

Just after lunchtime on Monday, police in a missing persons investigation were called to a tree-lined property containing a zinc-roofed bungalow in the small town of Wieambilla.

‘As soon as they entered the property they were inundated with gunfire and they never stood a chance,’ said Queensland Police Union chairman Ian Leavers.

“Two police officers were executed in cold blood,” he said.

The deceased have been identified as Rachel McCrow, 26, and Matthew Arnold, 29. Both were constables, just beginning their police careers.

“These officers have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our community safe,” Queensland Police Commander Katarina Carroll said, fighting back tears as she updated the public on the “extraordinarily harrowing” events.

A bystander was also shot dead and “pronounced dead at the scene”, police said.

After the first shooting, a team of specialists with police air support was dispatched to the scene.

Just after 10:30 p.m. local time, two male and female suspects were dead.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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