SPINE CHILLING 000 calls have been released, revealing the terror of a young man trying to outrun a crazed gun-wielding maniac firing at him along a deserted outback Australian highway.
The incident happened in July last year on the Eyre Highway between Kimba and Port Augusta in South Australia (pictured).
Young surfer Zephatali Walsh made three terrifying phone calls to police as he dodged bullets fired by enraged former soldier Michael Anderson, 51.
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The police audio and transcript, published by The Sunday Mail, reads like a script from a horror film.
Mr Walsh was chased at speeds of 180km/h and shot at with a powerful .357 Smith & Wesson Magnum revolver as he headed for his mother’s Middleton home to celebrate her 60th birthday.
In the first call to police, Mr Walsh tells operators he is being shot at while driving in the rain towards Port Augusta.
Before the phone cuts out during the third and final phone call, Mr Walsh tells operators he has passed a sign indicating that he was 22km from the closest town, Iron Knob (pictured from Google Maps).
“Hello, I’m getting shot at. I’m getting shot at on the road. Holy (expletive) this guy has just shot at me twice with a handgun!” he said.
“I’m just 20 or 30k’s out of Kimba, driving towards Port Augusta, he’s chasing me. I’m going about 160 and he’s right up my arse. He’s just shot at me twice.
“I’m going about 180 now, I need immediate help. I don’t think I’ve got enough fuel.”
“Oh (expletive) hell, man. Sorry to be swearing, but he’s shooting at me with a big handgun, a big one.”
“Holy (expletive) man, I’m freaking out … I can smell fuel.”
During the second call, Mr Walsh begs for police assistance as he rapidly loses fuel after a bullet pierced the petrol tank.
“I’m gonna die. He’s shooting me … I’m about 40km from Iron Knob. My car’s gonna run out fuel … I really need the police otherwise I’m gonna get shot.”
“Oh shit, oh shit, I won’t be able to make it, my car’s got hardly any fuel.”
Multiple units were dispatched and swooped on the highway where Mr Anderson was located and arrested a short time later.
He will be sentenced later this year after a Supreme Court jury found him guilty of attempted murder on Friday July 25.
The court heard that Mr Anderson had not one, but three firearms in his car and that a minor overtaking incident had sparked the horrific ordeal.