The brave police officer who survived being sprayed with bullets by a trio in camouflage at a rural Queensland property previously spoke of how joining the force was a lifelong dream.
Constable Keely Brough has been named as one of the officers who arrived at a property at Wieambilla, 300km west of Brisbane, on Monday at 4.40pm before being ambushed by gunfire.
The 28-year-old joined the force just nine weeks ago.
Ms Brough’s colleagues, Constable Rachel McCrow, 29, and Constable Matthew Arnold, 26, died in the violent tragedy.
Constable Randall Kirk, 28, was shot in the leg but survived.
She managed to flee the horrific scene and escaped into nearby bushland.
However, the killers lit a fire in a bid to smoke her out of the scrub.
The trio – Nathaniel Train, his brother Gareth and a female partner – were killed by police at 10.30pm and Constable Brough was rescued by a specialist police team of 16 officers.
Neighbour Alan Dare, 56, who came to investigate what was taking place at around 5pm, was also shot and killed.
It’s understood further shots were fired into the dead and injured officers’ bodies and that their glocks were taken.
In a blog post written in 2019, Constable Brough – then a personal trainer – assisted others wanting to know the fitness requirements for joining Queensland Police.
“Long story short, to pass the fitness testing for QPS was the long-term goal I wrote when I first saw my PT,” she said.
“In fact, it still is my long-term goal; I’ve always wanted to be a cop.
“Once I had decided what I was doing with my life, I hopped onto the QPS recruitment site and checked out top to bottom what I needed to do.”
Constable Brough went on to say she didn’t pass her first attempt to join the police, but passed the fitness component during that application.
Three years later, she would become an officer, just nine weeks before being caught up in Monday’s tragedy.
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said Constable Brough “did not know whether she was going to be shot or she was going to be burnt alive” during the ordeal.
By 6pm, police had declared an emergency declaration zone encompassing the area between Chinchilla Tara Rd, Wieambilla Rd, Bennetts School Rd and Mary St.
At 2am, Queensland Police confirmed the murderers had been killed by officers at 10.30pm.
“I know she was sending messages to loved ones saying she was at a point where she thought it was her time,” Mr Leavers told ABC’s News Breakfast.
He said Ms Brough was an “amazing young woman” who had been sworn in “just eight or nine weeks ago”.
“She was in contact with her other colleagues trying to assure them we could get support to go and assist their fallen colleagues at that point in time,” Mr Leavers said.
“All the police involved yesterday, they were just brave, brave people to put their lives on the line to try and do their job.”
“The people that I have spoken to cannot believe how she survived and what she did during that period of time.”
Constable Kirk was taken to hospital and treated in the nearby town of Chinchilla.
Both officers who were killed in the incident were based at Tara Police Station and had previously worked in the Dalby region.
Constable McCrow had joined the forced in June 2021, while Constable Arnold became an officer in March 2020.
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