Austrian police find charred body in hunt for gunman who shot four people dead
Wednesday 18 September 2013
Austrian police hunting for a man who killed four people have found the charred body of the suspected gunman.
Police discovered the remains after pushing through a wall into a hidden basement of the farm grounds where the suspect had been holed up in.
Regional police spokesman Roland Scherscher told reporters Swat teams discovered the body after extinguishing a fire in a cellar that was only accessible via a hidden door.
He said the corpse was so badly burned that it was impossible to identify it but police assumed it was that of the gunman. Police said final identification and cause of death would have to wait until forensic experts had finished their work.
The gunman killed three police officers and a paramedic on Tuesday before barricading himself in a farm building near Melk, about 70 kilometres (40 miles) west of Vienna. During the 12-hour standoff, he shot sporadically at heavily armed police.
Police said he fired the last shot about an hour before helmeted officers wearing body armour and toting assault rifles piled into three Austrian army tanks and moved in. More than 100 police officers cordoned off the area.
Police named the suspect as 55-year-old Alois Huber, owner of a trucking firm.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...