18 Sep 2013

House surrounded after police shot by poacher

4:07 pm on 18 September 2013

Police in Austria have found the charred body of a gunman who shot dead four people before barricading himself inside his home and setting himself alight.

Police commandos had surrounded the man's farmhouse for much of the day before going inside.

The BBC reports that special forces spent several hours searching through the house and its outbuildings before they found the severely burned body.

The drama began on Monday night when police officers investigating poaching near the ski resort of Annaberg in the foothills of the Alps tried to stop a car.

The suspect opened fire, hitting a special forces officer.

A 70-year old Red Cross ambulance worker who rushed to the scene was also shot.

The suspect managed to carjack another police vehicle, killing one officer and taking a second officer hostage, later found dead.

The suspect then fled to his house at Grosspriel near Melk, some 90km west of Vienna.