Major police incident at Wieambilla, QLD

A major police investigation is underway following the deaths of multiple people including two police officers during a shooting incident in the Western Downs yesterday (December 12).

Around 4:30pm, four officers were in attendance at a property on Wains Rd at Wieambilla in relation to a missing person investigation.

Initial information indicates the officers were shot by two armed offenders as they approached the residence on the property.

A member of the public was also shot and declared deceased at the location.

Two other officers who attended were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

An emergency declaration was declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act provisions, encompassing the area of Chinchilla Tara Rd, Wieambilla Rd, Bennetts School Rd, and Mary Street.

A siege situation ensued at the property and specialist police officers and PolAir responded.

Two males and a female were fatally shot during a confrontation with police shortly after 10.30pm.

Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the horrific incident was devastating for the victims’ families and the entire organisation.

“I extend my heartfelt condolences to the officers’ families, friends and colleagues and our thoughts are with them during this extremely difficult time,” Commissioner Carroll said.

“I would like to pay tribute to all police and first responders who assisted at the scene and are continuing to respond this evening.

“Tragically, this is the largest loss of life the QPS has suffered in one single incident in recent times.

“It is devastating news and I know it will be deeply felt across Queensland.

“It is sad reminder of the unpredictable nature of policing and the incredible dangers our officers face while protecting our community.”

The PSPA remains in place and a crime scene has been established at the property.

Circumstances surrounding the incident, including the deaths, will be investigated by police and overviewed by the Ethical Standards Command on behalf of the Coroner.

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