A mother, father and son died in a farm massacre in the remote Australian outback. Mervyn Schwarz, Maree Schwarz and their child Graham Tighe were identified as deceased.
After police received the call, the incident was reported sometime around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. A man who had been shot in the stomach had driven many kilometers to contact the police.
The disturbing incident, which some have dubbed a “farm slaughter,” took place in a small mining community of just about 200 people in the remote area of Bogie, north Queensland.
Who were Mervyn Schwarz & Maree Schwarz? Obituary for a dead couple
The slaughter at the farm near Bogie in north Queensland claimed the lives of Mervyn and Maree Schwarz. Just 18 months earlier, the victim woman celebrated her grandmotherhood. She had a smile on her face as she did so while showing the picture to the child. The family of the dead may soon publish a death notice, but the police are also actively investigating.
At 9 a.m., police received a call reporting that a man had been shot dead near a remote rural property near Bogie. It was known that he was one of the three guys who died in the shooting.
It is possible that the family is currently assisting law enforcement in their efforts to find the person who survived the horrific event. Acting Superintendent of Queensland Police Tom Armitt said they went into rural areas with extra caution as gun use is widespread there.
The incident also led to the identification of a total of four victims, all belonging to the same family. In addition, the suspect was arrested by the authorities.
Killer also killed her son Graham Tighe in a farm massacre
The farm couple and one of their sons, Graham Tighe, were both brutally murdered on the spot. Luckily, Tighe’s younger brother, who was shot, escaped the farm massacre. He had fled to another farm, called the police and was the one asking for help.
The property was in a remote, hilly area, so he had to drive several kilometers to sound the alarm. In an emergency, he was evacuated to McKay Base Hospital because he was covered in blood.
He reportedly underwent surgery for the gunshot wound he sustained, according to authorities. He was in intensive care and later received another report saying his condition was stable.
Suspicious neighbor arrested and charged with convictions
After he was identified as the suspected shooter, a neighbor was arrested. According to Armitt, he was a longtime local and will remain in custody. He further stated that they would criminally charge him in connection with this incident.
The fact that both sides had gathered at the gate of the property earlier in the day was also known to authorities. After talking the night before, they decided to meet there the next morning.
Police also learned, according to the Daily Mail, that the Schwarz family and the couple had just paid $10 million for the 120-square-mile property in May 2021. The plots have several usage zones for agriculture, grazing animals and breeding.
The investigation is still ongoing, but it is believed that a land dispute was the main cause of the tragedy.