2GB host Mark Levy has blasted Firass Dirani after the Underbelly actor bizarrely linked the horrific murders of Queensland cops Rachel McCrow and Matthew Arnold to a Covid conspiracy theory that claims the pandemic was planned.
Constables McGrow, 29, and Arnold, 26, as well as innocent bystander Alan Dare, 58, were gunned down at a property in the western Darling Downs, about three hours west of Brisbane, on Monday afternoon.
Posting to Instagram on Tuesday, Dirani, 38, outrageously suggested the killers were driven mad by Covid-19 and that the ‘plandemic’ disturbed people’s brains.
2GB host Mark Levy (pictured) has blasted Firass Dirani after the Underbelly actor bizarrely linked the horrific murders of Queensland cops Rachel McCrow and Matthew Arnold to a Covid conspiracy theory that claims the pandemic was planned
Levy has since savaged Dirani on his Summer Mornings show on Wednesday, calling his post ‘disrespectful’ and demanding the actor issue an apology.
‘Is this bloke serious? Two police officers are dead and so is an innocent member of the community who came to help them from a neighbouring property. Firass Dirani, you couldn’t stoop any lower,’ Levy raged.
‘And to post something like that within 24 hours of this incident tearing apart a country town in Queensland, you really need to have a good, hard look at yourself.’
Posting to Instagram on Tuesday, Dirani, 38, outrageously suggested the killers were driven mad by Covid-19 and that the ‘plandemic’ disturbed people’s brains
Levy then rubbished Dirani’s claim that Queensland’s Covid lockdowns were responsible for driving the killers insane.
‘The entire country went through lockdowns. That’s nearly 26 million people, and you really want to use the three people who picked up military-grade weapons to shoot at these police officers who were acting on a routine missing person’s report? Talk about clutching at straws!’ he scoffed.
He then challenged Dirani to consider how he, like all Australians, rely on police officers for protection.
‘The entire country went through lockdowns. That’s nearly 26 million people, and you really want to use the three people who picked up military-grade weapons to shoot at these police officers who were acting on a routine missing person’s report?’ Levy scoffed
‘The disrespect you’re showing to the hard-working men and women of the police forces across Australia also needs to be called out, and you should apologise. It would be the good and decent thing to do,’ he added.
Levy then reminded Dirani that the police who are now investigating the shooting ‘don’t need the help of some actor who wants to blame the pandemic for one of the worst crimes this country has ever seen’.
‘Here’s a tip for you, Firass Dirani: stick to learning your lines and sitting in the makeup chair, mate. Because while you’re pretending to shoot people and carry on like a criminal in Underbelly, these officers are dealing with the real crims on the streets,’ he said.
‘Safe to say, Qld is the mass shooting state of this country. Plandemic really did a number on the psyche,’ Dirani wrote. The term ‘plandemic’ refers to 2020 video series that attempted to spread misinformation and conspiracy theories about Covid-19
Levy then reminded Dirani that the police who are now investigating the shooting ‘don’t need the help of some actor who wants to blame the pandemic for one of the worst crimes this country has ever seen’
‘And that’s the reason why we’re mourning the loss of two constables. Two others are lucky to be alive. Firass, pull your head in!’ Levy concluded.
Dirani made headlines on Tuesday when he uploaded a post to Instagram Stories that read: ‘Wtf is going on in Qld? Earlier this year, there was that neighbour that killed his next door’s entire family. Now 6 gone again.’
He was referring to the horrific murder of Graham Tighe, his mother Maree Schwarz and step-father Mervyn Schwarz in August at their rural property in Bogie, Queensland.
Posting to Instagram Stories on Tuesday, Dirani bizarrely suggested that the killers were driven mad by Covid-19
Constables McGrow, 29, and Arnold, 26, were gunned down at a property in the western Darling Downs, about three hours west of Brisbane on Monday afternoon. Pictured: Police at the scene on Tuesday
The three family members were allegedly shot dead by his gun-wielding neighbour over a long-standing dispute about a fence.
Elsewhere in his Instagram post, Dirani went on to brand Queensland as the ‘Suncrime State’ instead of its traditional nickname, the Sunshine State.
‘Safe to say, Qld is the mass shooting state of this country. Plandemic really did a number on the psyche,’ he concluded.
Constables Rachel McCrow, 29 (left) and Matthew Arnold, 26, (right) were both gunned down upon entering Gareth Train’s property in Wieambilla, rural Queensland
The term ‘plandemic’ refers to a 2020 video series that attempted to spread misinformation and conspiracy theories about Covid-19.
The widely discredited claims saw people falsely blame the pandemic on pharmaceutical companies, Bill Gates and the World Health Organisation.
In a subsequent statement to Daily Mail Australia, Dirani implicated Covid lockdowns as a possible factor in the shooting.
Nathaniel Train (pictured) was shot dead on Monday at his brother’s property in Wieambilla, three hours west of Brisbane
‘I’m commenting that mental health could be the issue in this mass shooting. Motivated by two years of long lockdowns, and lies’ he said.
It comes after Daily Mail Australia unearthed a series of paranoid posts shared online under the name of Gareth Train, who was shot dead alongside his wife Stacey and school principal brother Nathaniel on Monday evening in Wieambilla, west of Brisbane.
The three family members, dressed in camouflage and heavily armed, opened fire on a Queensland Police team who visited their property about 4.30pm on Monday to investigate the disappearance of Nathaniel – a respected head teacher who hadn’t been heard from since October and seen since December 2021.
Neighbour Alan Dare (pictured) was shot dead by the two men after he went to investigate the gunshots
The property, owned by Gareth, who spoke of prepping his home for an apocalypse, and his wife Stacey was well off the grid, had extensive solar panels and water tanks.
Posts obtained by Daily Mail Australia show Gareth was extremely active online in the comments sections of fringe news websites and regularly shared bizarre – and sometimes delusional – theories about major world events.
In one rant on an online forum, it’s understood Gareth wrote that the Australian government was responsible for the Port Arthur Massacre, where 35 people were killed in Tasmania in 1996.
The property, owned by Gareth, who spoke of prepping his home for an apocalypse, and his wife Stacey was well off the grid, had extensive solar panels and water tanks
‘Anyone who watched the live media coverage at the time and was aware of the political deceit lead up knows that this was a Government Psychological Operation to disarm the Australian population,’ he wrote in November 2020.
Just two months earlier Gareth had claimed ‘chemical agents’ had been dropped over Australia, covering large parts of NSW, Victoria and Queensland. ‘We are now being poisoned and chemically manipulated on a massive scale,’ he wrote.
Gareth also regularly shared his mistrust for the Queensland Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) – the same team that arrived at his home and shot him.
Four officers were at this Wains Road property at Wieambilla when they were fired upon
‘The state sponsored terrorising squaddies – SOG, SERT and other special people are but government paramilitary hammers,’ he said in September last year.
His most outrageous claims were from April last year where he spoke of an ‘occult blood sacrifice’, which he said was responsible for the death of Princess Diana and 9/11.
Police had attended the Queensland property as part of inquiries into missing man Nathaniel Train (pictured), last seen in Dubbo in central-west NSW a year ago
‘Most don’t accept Princess Diana’s death was an Occult blood sacrifice to spellbind or the blood sacrifice of 9/11 or the War machine,’ he said.
‘Occult blood sacrifice runs hand in glove with Occult money magick.’ Occult refers to the practices of supernatural beliefs.
Gareth also claimed social media was ’embedded with Lucifarian spellbinding’.
He also wrote an anti-vaccination post, while in another he spoke about his thoughts on Queensland which he referred to as the ‘bad lands’.
‘Bad cops, bad mobile service, bad roads, bad council, bad ice addicts, bad youth crime… but still the best spot to be living free.’
Gareth had a strong dislike for the police force.
He also said he had been ‘ark homesteading for the past five years preparing to survive tomorrow’ – suggesting he had been prepping his home for an apocalypse by going off the grid.
On a thread about trains, Gareth wrote: ‘Re-education camps are located at the end of the line. Monitoring the rail system will ensure no escape. Dissenters will find themselves catching the long black train.’
HOW THE TRAGEDY UNFOLDED
Monday 4.30pm: Four officers attended a property on Wains Road at Wieambilla as part of inquiries into a missing persons investigation
4.30-5pm: Two gunmen dressed in camo armed opened fire as police approached the house
A male constable, 29, and his female colleague, 26, were shot at close rnage and hit the ground. The gunmen stood over the injured officers and shot them again before taking their Glock pistols. A neighbour was also shot dead.
After 5pm: A third officer shot in the leg who managed to escape is taken to the local hospital. A fourth who fled into surrounding bushland is later rescued by a specialist police tactical team.
6pm: Police declare an emergency declaration zone encompassing the area between Chinchilla Tara Rd, Wieambilla Rd, Bennetts School Rd, and Mary Street.
After 6pm: Sporadic gunfire was reported by locals throughout the night
10.30pm: Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll pays tribute to the killed officers in an emotional press conference
11.30pm: A shootout with the Special Emergency Response Team police leaves two men and a woman dead.
Meanwhile, his brother, Nathaniel Train, was a very highly regarded teacher who was hailed by his colleagues for his work with children, raising standards and dramatically improving exam results.
He was well-loved as principal at Yorkeys Knob State School near Cairns where he was principal for about five years – after joining from Innisfail East State School where he was principal since 2011.
He was most recently the Executive Principal at Walgett Community College Primary School.
‘He made Yorkeys the highest performing NAPLAN school in far north Queensland,’ one former colleague told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday.
Stacey Train was also an educator, and the head of curriculum at the Tara Shire State College.
She also ran to be the representative of the Western Downs branch of the Queensland teachers union.
Two other officers were injured in the shooting on Monday.
Constable Randall Kirk, who is 28 with a toddler and a pregnant wife, was shot in the leg but managed to escape.
Keely Brough, 28, managed to escape and hide the bush, and sent frantic text messages to loved ones as she prepared for the worst with the gunmen setting fire to the bush to smoke her out.
She was later rescued by a specialist police tactical team which had scrambled to the scene.
Alan Dare, who lives on a neighbouring property, came out to inspect the commotion was also shot before two camouflaged gunmen.
Queensland Police commissioner Katarina Carroll said during a press conference on Tuesday it was miracle the two officers survived.
‘They bravely did what they could to save their colleagues in the most horrendous circumstances,’ she said.