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Body found in Austrian farmhouse after a stand-off with police

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Body found in Austrian farmhouse after a stand-off with police

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Police in Austria have found a charred body in a farmhouse in Melk after special forces stormed the building.

The discovery brought to an end a drama in which a gunman shot dead three officers and a paramedic.

The body was recovered from a hidden room within the farmhouse after an hours-long standoff.

Regional police spokesperson Roland Scherscher explained:

“The police forced opened the door and wanted to enter the room. But it had been set ablaze. They managed to put out the fire. After that, a burned male body was found in the room.”

The suspect has been named as 55-year-old Alois Huber.

The shootings began when police stopped him at a roadblock in an operation targeting poachers.

Two of the officers were shot dead when the suspect resisted arrest, the paramedic died when he tried to help, and a third was taken hostage and later found dead in a barn.

Much of Austria is said to be in shock in a country where violent crime is rare.