A man has been arrested by FBI agents in the US in relation to the shooting on a remote property that tragically claimed the lives of two Queensland police officers and a Good Samaritan neighbour almost a year ago.
Constable Matthew Arnold, 26, and Constable Rachel McCrow, 29, were shot dead at close range by Nathaniel, Gareth and Stacey Train shortly after arriving at their Wieambilla property in the state’s Western Downs in December 2022 to inquire about Nathaniel’s whereabouts as part of a missing person’s report.
Neighbour Alan Dare was also killed in the siege before Nathan, Gareth and Stacey were all shot dead by police hours later.
A police investigation later found that the two slain constables were fatally ambushed by the Trains who had links to the sovereign citizen movement and subscribed to a Christian fundamentalist belief system known as premillennialism.
The FBI announced on Wednesday that agents arrested a US man, 58, near Heber Overgaard, north-east of Phoenix in Arizona following an extensive investigation in partnership with Queensland Police.
An arrest has been made in the US, almost a year after Constable Matthew Arnold, 26, and Constable Rachel McCrow, 29, were shot dead
Next Tuesday marks one year since Nathaniel and his ex-wife Stacey Train (pictured on their wedding day), along with his brother Gareth shot dead two police and a Good Samaritan neighbour
Agents made the arrest on December 1 in what they say was ‘connection to the religiously motivated terrorist attack’.
Investigations in Arizona are ongoing, police added.
The breakthrough comes after Queensland Police investigators from the ethical standards and security and counter terrorism commands recently travelled to the US.
‘We’ve personally met with the FBI, we’ve handed over material that was … of interest to them,’ Deputy Police Commissioner Tracy Linford told reporters earlier this year.
A pre-inquest coronial hearing held in June heard there were investigations into the online activities of the Trains to ‘identify possible associates who may have influenced them in their actions’.
Queensland Police have advised that the families of the slain officers and Mr Dare have been informed of the latest developments, along with the coroner.
Two officers injured in the shooting ambush- Constable Keely Brough and Randall Kirk have also been informed.
Police are set to provide more details in a joint press conference with the FBI later on Wednesday.
Good Samaritan neighbour Alan Dare (pictured) was also killed after he went to the Trains’ property to investigate
Next Tuesday will mark the one year anniversary of the tragedy which shocked Queensland.
Days after the shooting, haunting footage emerged of Gareth Train and his wife Stacy ranting about ‘devils’ and ‘demons’, filmed shortly after shooting the two constables dead on their remote bush property.
Footage posted to a now-deleted YouTube channel showed Gareth and his wife Stacey boasting about the cold-blooded killing.
The video of the couple huddled in darkness was uploaded at 7.39pm the evening of December 12, three hours after the couple and his brother Nathaniel shot the police officers dead.
In the clip, Gareth Train said: ‘They came to kill us and we killed them’.
He also referred to the cops as ‘devils and demons’ in the clip.
Stacey Train then finished the video saying ‘we’ll see you when you get home’ and ‘love you, Don’. It is unclear who precisely they are referring to.
Gareth’s brother, Nathaniel Train didn’t feature in the clip.
Queensland Police announced a breakthrough after a man was arrested in the US earlier this month. Pictured are officers at the state funeral for their slain colleagues