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Gunman behind rampage named

Gunman behind rampage named
A Queensland father of four has been shot dead by police hours after firing a rifle at his estranged wife and the couple's children in their home.
Ben Freear ambushed police at a rural property on the outskirts of the small town of Tiaro, south of Maryborough, early this morning.
Ben Freear was known to police before last night's domestic dispute. (Supplied)
Police at the rural property where Freear ambushed police, shooting at them from a high vantage point.
He fired a high-powered rifle at specialist police officers who had traveled from Brisbane to apprehend him, shooting down from an elevated vantage point on the Glenbar Road property.
Superintendent Craig Hawkins told reporters that he then charged at police with a weapon and was fatally shot in return fire.
Mr Freear was declared dead at the scene.
It is unclear how many shots he fired, but no one else was injured.
The shootout was the end of a manhunt launched after police were advised of a domestic dispute at a home in Tiaro around 8pm on Saturday night.
Mr Freear had been in a dispute with his former partner and police say he then shot at the woman, her children and her car.
Mr Freear was known to police. (Supplied)
A vehicle outside the property where police fatally shot Mr Freear.
Police are now conducting an internal investigation into the shooting.
Further reports were made to police alleging he had also fired shots at a neighbour.
He fired further shots at another vehicle and police cars.
"When he attempted to get fuel from another person, police responded to that incident," Superintedent Hawkins said.
"We were actively attempting to find this man as of last night."
Mr Freear was previously known to police.
The police shooting is now being investigated internally, under the supervision of the Crime and Corruption Commission.
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