School's heartfelt tribute to officer

Published 9:25am 14 December 2022

School's heartfelt tribute to officer
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

One of the police officers killed in the line of duty this week has ties to the Moreton Bay Region, with her former school issuing a heartfelt tribute on social media.

Constable Rachel McCrow, 29, was one of four officers who attended a property on Wains Rd at Wieambilla about 4.30pm on Monday in relation to a missing person investigation when she was shot and killed.

Following the tragic event, representatives from Genesis Christian College at Bray Park issued the following message on Facebook:

“Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers are with the family and friends of past Genesis Christian College student and Queensland Police Officer, Constable Rachel McCrow (12-2010), who has passed away following a shooting near Chinchilla,” the post said.

“Rachel was well known to many of our staff and Alumni.

“Our prayers for God’s comfort are with our community at this tragic time.

“With Honour They Served.”

Rachel’s colleague, Constable Matthew Arnold, 26, also died at the scene, along with a 58-year-old man from a neighbouring property.

Two additional police officers who also attended the scene managed to survive, with Constable Randall Kirk sustaining a gunshot injury and Constable Kelly Brough being forced to hide in the bushland following the shooting incident.

Later that night, specialist police fatally shot three people at the property about 10.30pm - a 46-year-old Kewarra Beach man, a 47-year-old Wieambilla man and a 45-year-old Wieambilla woman.

Circumstances surrounding the incident, including the deaths, will be investigated by police with the assistance of homicide detectives.

The State Coroner has been advised and the Crime and Corruption Commission will provide independent oversight of the Ethical Standards Command investigation.

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