Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Shoot-Out: Black-Market Rifle Turned on Police Officer

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Shoot-Out: Black-Market Rifle Turned on Police Officer

Article excerpt

RICKY James Bauer appeared in Rockhampton District Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to 12 charges relating to a shoot-out with police in Gracemere on December 22 last year.

The court heard Bauer, now 42, purchased a bolt- action rifle and rounds of ammunition on the black market before he drove up to Gracemere from Brisbane with the intention of "taking his own life" in front of a complainant at their home.

The court heard Bauer arrived at the residence about 9pm and yelled at the complainant to come out of the house where she was hiding with her brother and a child.

Bauer then approached the window with the loaded rifle and peered through the glass, then smashed the window with the rifle butt.

Police arrived on the scene soon after.

Defence lawyer Tom Polley told the court when Bauer realised he couldn't follow through, he turned the gun on a police officer -- the second complainant in the case -- and walked towards him in a "crouched position, with his scope to the eye" in the hope the officer would shoot him in a "police-assisted suicide". …

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