Katarina Carroll, the police commissioner of Queensland, said that officers who responded to a call at a property in Wieambillia on Monday night didn’t stand a chance.
She held back tears as she described the incident as an incredibly distressing and tragic event.
The four officers who responded to the property were shot and killed by Nathaniel Train, his brother, and his wife, Stacey.
The incident occurred after Train went missing from a town in New South Wales.
The officers carried out a risk assessment before they arrived at the scene, and Carroll defended the way it was conducted.
When asked if there was any indication that the people at the Wieambillia property were armed, she said that they would look into that as well. It’s not clear what information was provided to the Queensland police by the NSW counterparts regarding the Train family.
When asked about an unconfirmed report that Train had contacted the police and told them to “come get him,” Carroll would not comment on the matter.
She also refused to confirm or deny reports that military-grade weapons were involved in the incident.
Carroll also thanked the officers for their service and expressed her regret for the incident.
She confirmed that the police responded to the property after receiving a request from the NSW authorities to check on the welfare of a missing individual.
Train had not been seen by his family in over a year.