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Austria Cop Killer Sets Fire To Himself
An Austrian gunman who shot dead three police officers and a paramedic has died after setting fire to himself at the end of a five-hour stand-off.
Alois Huber's burned body was discovered by commandos who stormed his home, 55 miles west of Vienna, shortly before nightfall on Tuesday.
The 55-year-old businessman had barricaded himself in the property and opened fire as dozens of elite armed Cobra officers surrounded the premises.
Huber first shot dead two police officers as they tried to arrest him in woodland near the Lower Austrian town of Anaberg, around 60 miles west of Vienna.
He then killed a paramedic who was treating a wounded officer at the scene, before taking an officer hostage and fleeing in a stolen police car.
That officer was later found dead in the car outside the killer's home at Kollapriel, near Melk.
A stand-off then took place with 100 police surrounding the home as Huber fired several times at officers and may also have used grenades.
Heavily armed police moved towards the house in an Austrian army tank before storming the building. Huber's body was found after the officers forced themselves into a "hidden room".
Huber was reportedly a known poacher, often leaving the heads of dead animals on roads. He had reportedly had his hunting licence revoked several years ago after a fight with other hunters.