Nathaniel Train: The respected regional school principal becomes the “evil” police killer at the center of the rural QLD shootout

Nathaniel Train’s descent from a respected regional school principal to an “evil” killer will be the focus of Monday’s police investigation into his death and that of five others, including two young police officers, at a rural Queensland property.

There is evidence that Train was a dedicated educator until last October, when he lost physical contact with loved ones while maintaining verbal contact.

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According to information online, he worked at the North Queensland elementary schools, Yorkeys Knob State School and Innisfail East State School, and the elementary school at Walgett Community College in NSW.

All three rural schools are known to have children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

In 2017, local newspaper the Cairns Post reported that the “gentle” Train had adorned his distinctive beard with glitter and baubles to raise money for Yorkeys Knob school’s Parents and Civic Association.

Four years earlier, when he was at the helm of Innisfail East, he was quoted in the Australian newspaper bemoaning the previous school administration for its attitude towards students and saying he had appointed his “dream team” to senior positions at the school.

In the article, mentioned under the direction of Train, Innisfail East was one of the few disadvantaged schools to have NAPLAN literacy scores in the top half of the country.

Nathaniel Train was reported missing in Dubbo on December 8. Recognition: NSW Police/delivered

Earlier this year, NSW MLC referred Mark Latham Train to Education Secretary Sarah Mitchell in a state parliament question about the state of Walgett’s school.

According to Hansard, Latham sent an email from Train to the education department that “outlined issues and challenges at the school.”

The March 7, 2022 email contained hypothetical scenarios that Train appeared to believe needed to be addressed by the department.

The minister replied to Latham’s question that officials from the ministry “had attended an online visit planning session” with Train and a number of other local education officials.

But Mitchell also noted that the department “confirmed that Mr. Train has not presented any direct allegations, allegations or material evidence related to these hypothetical scenarios.”

Nathaniel Train decorated his beard to raise funds when he was principal at Yorkeys Knob State School. Recognition: Yorkey’s Knob State School/Facebook

It is unclear when the train stopped working.

However, he stopped contacting the family on December 4, according to a missing persons alert from NSW Police.

The alert, released on December 8, says Train has not been seen by his family since late 2021, although he remained in touch with them until recently.

When he stopped contacting the family, they reported him missing to the police.

He was reported missing by Dubbo.

“Police and family have serious concerns for Nathaniel’s well-being,” the press release said.

The Wieambilla property where Monday’s fatal incident took place. Recognition: 7NEWS

How it evolved

On Monday afternoon, four Queensland police officers visited a home in Wieambilla in Queensland’s Darling Downs while searching for Train.

Train, his brother Gareth and Gareth’s wife Stacey are said to have opened fire.

They killed two young police officers, Rachel McCrow and Matthew Arnold, and injured two others.

A neighbor, identified as Alan Dare, was fatally shot in the back by the suspects while walking to the property to investigate the disturbance.

After a late night siege, Train, Gareth Train and Stacey Train were killed by police.

Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan said the dead officers’ innocence was stolen by evil.

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James Brien

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