TWO police officers have been airlifted to hospital after being shot while responding to a domestic violence related incident at a house in the northern New South Wales town of Glen Innes.
In a statement, NSW Police said officers were called to a home on Church Street about 9.50pm AEDT on Friday.
An hour later, while at the scene, two officers – a male sergeant and a female senior constable – were shot.
The male sergeant was shot in the face while the senior constable was shot in the neck.
Both were rushed by ambulance to the local hospital for treatment before being airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
Police said the male officer was flown in a stable condition, while the female officer was “serious but stable”.
The rescue helicopter transporting the officers arrived at the Gold Coast hospital just before 2.30am AEDT.
A third officer, a female probationary constable, was uninjured in the shooting.
Additional police, including specialist officers swooped on the scene and later located the body of a 74-year-old man inside the Church Street home.
A 59-year-old woman was found nearby with minor injuries.
It’s believed the 74-year-old man opened fire on police before taking his own life.
Police have confirmed they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.
Church Street, also the New England Highway, has been closed in both directions and is expected to remain closed for several hours while investigations take place.
Traffic is being diverted around the scene via the Gwydr Highway, and Heron and Hunter streets.
A crime scene has been established and a critical incident team has been tasked to investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident.
The investigation will be overseen by the Professional Standards Command.
No further information was available at the time of writing.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
DV Connect Queensland Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 phone 1800 811 811
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services can offer counselling and support:
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Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 | visit website
MensLine Australia 1300 789 978 | visit website