By Chris Pleasance
Police hunting a suspected poacher who shot dead three policemen and a paramedic in Austria have found a charred body inside the farmhouse where he was hiding, it emerged this morning.
Alois Huber, 55, allegedly went on a killing spree on Tuesday before barricading himself inside a property near Melk, about 40 miles west of Vienna.
Armed police commandos and army tanks surrounded the farmhouse before SWAT teams stormed the house and found the charred body, which they believe to be the gunman, after pushing through a wall into a smoke-filled hidden basement on the farm grounds.
Regional police spokesman Roland Scherscher told reporters SWAT teams discovered the body after extinguishing a fire in the small cellar that was accessible only through a hidden door.
He said the corpse was so badly burned that it was impossible to identify it but police assumed it was that of the gunman, who had been holed up on the farm grounds more than 24 hours before the charred remains were found.
Police 'had to push against the wall to enter the room,' he said. And because 'the perpetrator could have been hiding behind each corner,' the search took more than four hours as police cautiously combed through the two story building, said Schercher.
Police said final identification and cause of death would have to wait until forensic experts had finished their work. More....