Boss speaks out after worker shoots dead his colleague and then himself with an EERIE message about the killer


The owner of a silo shop where a worker shot his colleague before turning the weapon on himself during a police stand-off has spoken for the first time.

Lachlan Bowles stormed Moylan Grain Silos at about 8.40 am on Thursday morning while wearing head-to-toe camouflage and a high-powered rifle and handgun.

The murder

It was there he shot and killed his coworker, 44-year-old father Terry Czernowski, before fleeing in his car.

Small town Kellerberrin, in Western Australia‘s Wheatbelt region, was rocked to its core by the tragedy, with many locals saying they never would have expected such violence from the ‘quiet’ volunteer paramedic.

Most shocked of all was Bowles’ and Mr Czernowski’s boss, Corey Moylan.

Mr Moylan said both men were part of his ‘go-to’ team in the workshop and were considered reliable workers.

He remembered Mr Czernowski as a ‘fantastic’ guy who ‘inadvertently made us laugh without even trying’.

‘He was one of those fellas who just got on with things … it’s just a huge shame,’ he told ABC News on Wednesday.

The father-of-one had long service leave due this year and was planning to spend with his young daughter.

Mr Moylan added it’s ‘hard to resent’ Bowles after working together for some four years.

‘This is with the utmost respect to both families involved; it’s pretty hard to resent the guy that caused this huge event,’ Mr Moylan said.

‘From a business and a town point of view, he was Lachlan who worked for us and, up until the events of last Thursday, he was one of us.

‘If we had an issue with a machine, if we had something to be taken care of, he was the guy we went to and he sorted it out without question, without batting an eyelid,’ he said.

‘So, you know, obviously, the sentiment changes when he’s caused all this, and this is going to go on for years, [but] that’s what we knew of Lachlan.’

The distraught business owner described how other workers rushed to help Mr Czernowski after the shooting.

‘They chucked Terry in the ute to try and get him to hospital, that’s going to be traumatic for the fellas involved for years to come,’ he said.

‘So for them to take the initiative and do that … they’re going to be lifelong friends but … they’ve got a long road ahead of them for what they’ve seen.’

Following the shooting, Bowles drove his car northeast out of town before abandoning the vehicle and continuing on foot.

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It was then local farmer Rob Linto spotted the gunman on the side of the road.’I didn’t think much of it, but then I saw him stop … he had a gun pointed at me as I’m coming towards him,’ Mr Linto told The West Australian on Friday.

‘So as I saw the gun, I thought I’ve got to [accelerate]. So I just put the foot down but obviously as I went past, he’s spun around and lined me up, and had a shot.

‘So I didn’t stop. I just kept launching. I stopped once and then I thought I heard a car coming, so I got back in and off.’

Mr Linto eventually stopped and called triple-zero. It was only later he realised a bullet had gone through his car, narrowly missing him.

At 4.30pm, police confirmed Bowles had shot himself and died despite officers from the Tactical Response Group hoping to reach a peaceful resolution.

Mr Moylan said the tragic ordeal felt surreal and like something he’d see ‘on the news or in the movies’.

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