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Police officers shot responding to domestic violence incident

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.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

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:
Lifeline 13 11 14
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Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
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Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
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MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
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Man flown to hospital in a coma after near-fatal river dive

A MAN has been airlifted to hospital in an induced coma, lucky to be alive after diving into a river north of Sydney and smashing his head on a sandbank.

The 48-year-old was swimming with mates in the Hawkesbury River at Brooklyn, near Gosford, when he was knocked unconscious after diving into the water just before 1pm.

The man’s friends retrieved him from the water and began performing CPR on the riverbank.

The CareFlight Rapid Response Helicopter was dispatched to the scene where its specialist doctor and critical care paramedic helped ambulance officers treat the man.

Crews worked to stabilise the man by performing a medical procedure to help him breath and placing him into an induced coma.

He was then airlifted to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital for further treatment.

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Man, 21, found with ‘hundreds’ of child abuse images, videos

A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested and charged with a string of offences after police allegedly found a chilling collection of child abuse material on his mobile phone.

Police said they began investigating the Taree man after being alerted to his online activities in December.

Following an extensive investigation, detectives arrested the 21-year-old at a business in Taree on Tuesday before executing a search warrant at his home on Short Street.

During the search, officers allegedly found multiple NSW Police items, including a leather jacket, insignia badges, handcuffs and a replica pistol.

The most disturbing discovery, however, came as detectives began looking through the man’s phone.

It’s alleged officers found “hundreds of items of alleged child abuse material” on the device.

The 21-year-old was taken to Taree Police Station where he was charged with using a carriage service to access child abuse material, and two counts of possessing such material.

He was also charged with a number of offences relating to the NSW Police items, including possessing a prohibited weapon and an unauthorised firearm.

Initially released on conditional bail, the man was re-arrested on Thursday after police allegedly uncovered further disturbing images and videos on his phone.

The 21-year-old was further charged with making child abuse material with a child under 14, and again with a child over 14, and was refused bail to appear in Forster Local Court today.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

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.

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Police hunt gunman after man sleeping in car ‘shot in face’

POLICE are hunting a gunman who shot a man in the head at Brunswick Heads, near Byron Bay.

The victim, 37, was asleep in his Subaru station wagon, parked on Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve access road when he was woken by someone tapping on the side of the car shortly before 6am.

Police said the man got out and spoke with a man who had his face covered and was holding a handgun.

It’s alleged the armed man made several threats towards the owner of the car before firing two shots at him, one of which struck him in the forehead.

Incredibly, the victim survived and was able to run to the nearby Brunswick Police Station for help.

He was then transported to Byron Bay Hospital for treatment.

Police said the man was in a stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators are still searching for the gunman, described only as speaking with an Australian accent and carrying a dark-coloured handgun.

At the time the man was wearing dark clothing and had his face covered.

Anyone with information is urged to call Tweed Heads Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

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.

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Man fighting for life after being pulled from water at Bondi

A 21-year-old man is fighting for his life in hospital after being pulled from the water at Bondi Beach overnight.

Emergency services were called to the southern end of Bondi Beach just before 7.30pm on Wednesday, after receiving reports three people had come into trouble in the ocean.

Upon arrival, officers found members of the public performing CPR on a 21-year-old man.

“Police have been told he was swimming with two other men, when the trio were pulled from the water,” NSW police said.

The young man was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The two other men, both aged 20, were also taken to hospital in a stable condition however they have since been released.