Tanks called to Austrian farm siege after gunman kills police
Police commandos and army tanks surrounded an Austrian poacher's farmhouse yesterday after he allegedly went on a killing spree that left three policemen and a paramedic dead.
The suspect, an unnamed 55-year-old deer hunter, barricaded himself in his home near Melk, 55 miles west of Vienna, with an arsenal of hunting guns following a shoot-out with police.
He had been stopped earlier in the day at a roadblock in a forest near the town of Annaberg, Lower Austria, when he fled, and was chased by several police cars.
During the pursuit, he opened fire, killing two police officers. He then shot dead a paramedic who arrived on the scene to assist one of the officers. The man managed to escape to his farmhouse in a stolen police car, taking a police officer with him as a hostage.
Swat teams and three tanks were sent to the scene after the suspect opened fire on police from the inside the house.
The Austrian interior ministry said two policemen and the driver of an emergency rescue vehicle were killed.
Another officer who had been missing was found shot dead in his patrol car, he said. A fourth policeman was wounded. (© Daily Telegraph, London)