Donald Day Jr, linked to Queensland police shootings, pleads not guilty

A american man He allegedly told the family he shot dead two Australian police officers that he sent his “comfort and assurance” before they were killed in a shootout with a tactical response team.

Day allegedly wrote a comment in response to the suspects’ online video in which they admitted to killing police officers.

Donald Day, who was arrested in Arizona, allegedly communicated with Gareth Train online.
Donald Day Jr allegedly wrote a comment in response to the suspects’ online video in which they admitted to killing police officers. (Youtube)

“Even though I can’t be there… the comfort and assurance I offer is that our enemies will be afraid of us,” Day allegedly said.

Last week, Day pleaded not guilty in the United States to five federal charges, including interstate threats, threatening an FBI agent, illegal possession of firearms as a convicted felon and illegal possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

Constables Matthew Arnold and Rachel McCrow were shot in cold blood by Nathaniel, Gareth and Stacey Train after officers arrived at the Wieambilla property.

Constables Matthew Arnold and Rachel McCrow were killed in the line of duty in Wieambilla, Queensland. (Supplied)

Neighbor Alan Dare was also shot dead before the Trains were killed in a shootout with specialist police later that night.

Between May 2021 and December 2022, Day is accused of repeatedly sending messages to the Trains about a “Christian end-of-days ideology” known as premillennialism.

Prosecutors had offered Day a deal that required him to plead guilty with a deadline to accept it by May 17.

Instead, Arizona District Court records show that Day ordered his attorney to plead not guilty at a May 16 arraignment.

Prosecutor Gary Restaino said Gareth and Stacey Train had posted a video on YouTube shortly after killing Officers Arnold and McCrow on December 12, 2022.

“If you don’t defend yourself from these devils and demons, you’re a coward…see you at home, Don. I love you,” the Trains said.

Nathaniel Train, his brother Gareth and sister-in-law Stacey shot dead two police officers and an innocent neighbor at a property in Wieambilla.
Nathaniel Train, his brother Gareth and sister-in-law Stacey shot dead two police officers and an innocent neighbor at a property in Wieambilla. (Supplied)

Shortly after the video was posted and before the three Trains were killed, Day allegedly responded that he wished he could be there.

“I’m telling you, family, those bastards are going to regret ever fucking with us…anything within my power to do for you, I won’t hesitate,” Day allegedly said.

On December 16, Day posted videos in which he allegedly said that the Trains were “martyrs” and that the police were demonic entities trying to take Nathaniel Train away because of the “extensive corruption affecting children.”

“When the people in this painting tell you that violence is not the answer… then what is?” Day allegedly said.

When FBI agents arrested Day in December 2023, they allegedly found numerous firearms, including three military-style rifles, along with 20-liter buckets full of ammunition.

Day has felony convictions for assaulting police and a fellow inmate, larceny, and possession of stolen property in the states of Wyoming and California.

Day’s attorneys have sought to dismiss his firearms charge, arguing that his constitutional right to bear arms was being violated based on convictions recorded more than 34 years ago.

U.S. District Court Judge John Tuchi on Monday ordered prosecutors and the defense to submit questions about jury selection by Sept. 25.

An inquest into the Wieambilla shooting is scheduled to begin in Brisbane on July 29.