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Austria Siege: Four Shot Dead By Gunman
Special forces are surrounding a gunman who is barricaded inside a farmhouse after shooting dead three policemen and a medic.
The suspect, said to be 55 years old, opened fire as dozens of elite armed Cobra officers surround the building.
The man first shot two police officers as they tried to arrest him in woodland near the Lower Austrian town of Anaberg, around 60 miles west of Vienna, late on Monday.
He then killed a medic who was treating a wounded officer at the scene, before taking an officer hostage and fleeing in a stolen police car to his home at Kollapriel, near Melk, about 70km (40 miles) away.
That officer was later found dead in the car, according to Austrian media reports.
A police spokesman said: "The gunman keeps shooting at the Cobra forces ... The Cobra forces are working very slowly and very carefully."
The Austria Press Agency says that the gunman and police had exchanged fire several times during the standoff. One report said he had hand grenades.
The gunman is said to be known to police as a poacher, often leaving the heads of dead animals on roads.