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Teenage boys in custody after shooting incident at Tara in Queensland's Western Downs sparks emergency declaration

Four teenage boys have been taken into custody after a shooting incident in Tara on Queensland's Western Downs.

Officers were attending another matter when they received reports of gunfire about 3:30pm on Wednesday.

The ABC understands shots continued to be fired when police arrived at the scene.

Police declared an emergency in the town at 5:30pm, and said a civilian car was shot at.

The exclusion zone included the police station, and Surat Development Road, Day Street, Benn Street, Fry Street and Milne Street.

During the incident police surrounded the home and specialist officers from Brisbane were sent to the town.

The emergency declaration was revoked several hours later.

The boys — aged 14, 15 and two 16 year olds — were located at the house on Day Street and taken into custody.

Police said a 14-year-old has been given a caution, and has been dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.

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No one was injured in the incident.

The town made headlines last month after a deadly shooting at a nearby property in which two police officers and a local man were killed.

The young officers were ambushed by three shooters — Nathaniel, Gareth and Stacey Train  — at a Wieambilla property on December 12. 

Constables Rachel McCrow and Matthew Arnold were killed, and their two fellow officers were injured. 

The Trains' neighbour Alan Dare was also shot and killed. 

The three assailants were shot dead in a six-hour siege with police. 

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