Queensland Police memorial service live updates: Wieambilla shooting victims mourned

Queensland Police memorial service live updates: Wieambilla shooting victims mourned

December 20, 2022
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Rachel McCrow and Matthew Arnold to be farewelled

Good morning, and thank you for joining our coverage of today’s Queensland Police Service memorial from the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Constables Rachel McCrow, 29 and Matthew Arnold, 26, will this morning be farewelled in the memorial service with full police honours.

Constables Rachel McCrow and Matthew Arnold.

The pair were shot and killed alongside local man Alan Dare, 58, when they attended a property at Wieambilla, about three hours west of Brisbane.

Their deaths are considered one of the worst policing tragedies in the country, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese calling it a “devastating day”, saying their lives had been “cruelly cut short”.

Australian leaders to be briefed on gun database calls

The Wieambilla shooting has already sparked renewed focus on a true national gun database.

Police Union president Ian Leavers was first to raise the topic last week in the days after the shooting, with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk echoing the calls.

“I’d absolutely support more national consistency and [I’m] happy to raise that … when national cabinet meets next year,” she said.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed on Tuesday there would be a briefing for leaders at the next meeting about practical ways to improve information sharing.

A national firearm registry was first recommended more than 30 years ago after mass killings in Victoria, with lack of action labelled a “national disgrace” by the Australian Federal Police Association earlier this year.

It remains unclear whether the shooters held licences for what was described as “significant weaponry” found at the Wieambilla property. You can read more of our reporting from last week here.

Police investigation could take months

Police say the investigation into the shooting could take several months, but are committed to unravelling exactly how the tragedy unfolded.

The scene remains under police guard, where forensic officers continue to comb through evidence.

Tactical police moved in on the property under the watchful eye of two police helicopters.Credit:Nine News

Detectives have already interviewed dozens of people in a bid to piece together what went wrong.

“I know everyone’s searching for answers and it’s our very, very determined effort to get those answers,” QPS Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Wheeler said on Monday.

8000 people expected to attend police memorial service

This morning, more than 8000 people are expected to attend the service, held at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in the city’s north.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb and other police and government dignitaries are expected to attend the service.

It will also be livestreamed at various locations around the state, including:

  • King George Square in Brisbane
  • Chinchilla Country Hope Church
  • Dalby Events Centre
  • Tara Memorial Hall
  • Miles William Miles Hall
  • Townsville Stadium
  • Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre
  • The Alpha Town Hall
  • Queensland Police Memorial at Cameron’s Corner in Rockhampton.

Rachel McCrow and Matthew Arnold to be farewelled

Good morning, and thank you for joining our coverage of today’s Queensland Police Service memorial from the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Constables Rachel McCrow, 29 and Matthew Arnold, 26, will this morning be farewelled in the memorial service with full police honours.

Constables Rachel McCrow and Matthew Arnold.

The pair were shot and killed alongside local man Alan Dare, 58, when they attended a property at Wieambilla, about three hours west of Brisbane.

Their deaths are considered one of the worst policing tragedies in the country, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese calling it a “devastating day”, saying their lives had been “cruelly cut short”.

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