Nathaniel Train: Locals say they told police the Wieambilla shooter had guns… and hadn’t heard anything about it

Gunman Nathaniel Train was involved in a gunfire border violation incident less than a year before the Wieambilla ambush that killed six people – including two police officers – it has emerged.

The border breach was reported to Queensland Police at the time, as was information about Train’s possession and disposal of weapons. Locals say they heard nothing.

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Dressed in camouflage and armed with guns and military knives, Train reportedly used violence to cross illegally into Queensland from New South Wales last December.

The COVID border closures were still in effect and the former principal was unvaccinated at the time.

The train breached the border gate on the Boongangar Bridge over the Macintyre River to enter Queensland in December 2021, ABC reported.

A local told ABC he reported the incident to police after encountering Train on a flooded road near the border in December, noting he had tried to ram the border gates with his SUV.

The local said when that proved unsuccessful, Train used an angle grinder to cut the padlock on the gate and after getting stuck in the flood waters began throwing objects from his vehicle into the water.

Police gunner Nathaniel Train was involved in a guns border violation incident less than a year before the deadly Wieambilla shooting. Credit: Yorkey’s Knob State School/Facebook

When asked what he was doing, ABC reported that Train told the local he was a “vaccination opponent” who lost his job as a result and couldn’t see his family in Queensland.

Locals towed Train’s car off the road, where it stayed until police picked it up late last week.

The train was then taken away when locals tried to evict it from the property, taking with them military-style weapons, bows and arrows, and knives.

A local reported that Train borrowed a phone and spoke “some kind of code” when making the call. A set of documents left near the vehicle reportedly contained information about him, his health status and employment history.

Locals later found at least three loaded firearms, additional ammunition, hunting gear, and a bow and target.

Investigators have started searching the property. Credit: 7NEWS

The guns were removed by police, although the documents were left behind and a local was told to “do what he likes” with them.

Police visited the property last week looking for the documents, although they had been disposed of.

A local resident told 7NEWS he spoke to Queensland Police about what he saw at the border crossing. He made a 2 1/2 hour formal statement but heard nothing back.

Concerns about police knowledge

After the illegal crossing was reported to police and a camera installed on the bridge, concerns were raised about the depth of knowledge authorities had about the Train family before last Monday’s deadly shooting.

It has been reported that complaints were made against Stacey Train and her husband Gareth Train – who died with Nathaniel Train in Monday’s shooting – while she was working for the Queensland Department of Education. A person using the name Gareth Train also contributed an article and commented on an alt-right online news source.

The couple posted a series of since-deleted videos on YouTube in the run-up to the shooting, expressing anti-police sentiment. 7NEWS has decided not to publish the videos.

In the same videos, Gareth Train referred to the Child Protection and Investigation Unit and his experiences with it. It is not known if this was an ability to work or the result of a complaint against him.

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Goondiwindi Mayor Lawrence Springborg said the camera on the bridge the train crossed was used to arrest “quite a few people” who had entered Queensland illegally.

“We’ve had vehicles ramming them (the gates) and people driving people over the gates…we wouldn’t have known the names, but we gave the information to the police,” he said.

Springborg said the cameras are designed to capture vehicle license plates – but sometimes drivers find ways to take them out.

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) said Sunday it could not comment on whether the reports were being further investigated at this time.

A spokesman said the Ethical Standards Command will conduct a full investigation into the incident.

“This is a complex and thorough coronal investigation that is being overseen by the Criminal Investigation and Corruption Commission and will be reported to the state coroner,” a QPS spokesman said. “Family liaison officers have been appointed and are working closely with the families involved in this tragedy.”

Police officers Matthew Arnold, Rachel McCrow and neighbor Alan Dare were killed in Monday’s shooting in Wieambilla. Credit: 7NEWS

Three people – police officers Matthew Arnold, Rachel McCrow and resident Alan Dare – were shot dead during an ambush at the estate last Monday. Killers Nathaniel, Gareth and Stacey Train perished in the ensuing firefight with heavily armed tactical officers.

Police officers Randall Kirk, Keeley Brough, and neighbors Vic Lewis and Kerry Dare survived.

Queensland Police later discovered an elaborate surveillance system at the property. Underground living quarters beneath sniper foxholes have also been discovered.

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