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Tuesday, 2 May, 2000, 15:00 GMT 16:00 UK
'Jesse James' eludes police

A massive search has failed to uncover any trace of 32-year-old Nigel Parodi, who shot three Queensland Police officers on Monday as they responded to a neighbour's complaint.

North Brisbane's self-styled 'Jesse James' walked up to the police car and fired over a dozen shots from point blank range into the vehicle.

Constable Sharnelle Patricia Cole, 26, Constable Darryl Elliot Green, 27, and Sergeant Christopher John Mulhall, in his 30s, are recovering in the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Constable Cole was hit a dozen times in the face, neck and body, but still managed to radio for help.

Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Police Commissioner Jim O'Sullivan said Parodi is believed to be armed with a pistol or a sawn-off rifle fitted with a silencer.

Obsession with outlaw

He said neighbours described the man as being infatuated with guns and the notorious 19th century American outlaw Jesse James.

"He certainly needs medical care, there's no doubt about that," Commissioner O'Sullivan said. "He was terrorising someone in the neighbourhood who eventually called the police and asked for help."

An exhaustive air and ground search ensued for 24 hours, but Parodi, described as about 1.86m (6ft 2in) tall with red hair and big ears, remains at large.

Frightened neighbour

Parodi's neighbour Robbie Allan prompted the police call out to the typically quiet suburban area .

He said he feared for his safety and had moved out of his Brisbane home.

Speaking on Brisbane radio 4BC, Mr Allan said: "Anything can happen over the next couple of days, hopefully he does turn himself in, or the police do catch him, but until then, I'll definitely be hiding out," he said.

Mr Allan said he had received death threats and that Parodi wanted to go out "in a blaze of glory".

"He thought his friends didn't care, and basically...he wanted to take me with him," he said.

Sister's plea

The fugitive's sister Suzie has pleaded for him to give himself up, saying she and their father did not want to see anyone else hurt.

"This is not going to go away. Please contact us. We really want to help you," she said in a televised statement.

As the search continues, police have confirmed that a note written by Parodi had been uncovered by officers during a search of his home yesterday.

In the note, written in Parodi's hand, he said he only wanted immediate family to attend his funeral.

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