AN elderly man has taken his own life after shooting another man in the head and pointing a gun at police during a domestic violence-related incident at a home in Sydney’s south.
Police and paramedics were called to reports of a domestic situation and shots being fired at the house on Ridge Road at Engadine about 7am.
When they arrived, they found a 56-year-old man with a minor gunshot wound to his forehead, and an 81-year-old man with a gun, trying to drive away from the scene.
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It’s understood the younger man had been shot in the head when the 81-year-old man discharged the firearm at the front door of the home.
In a statement, police said the elderly man pointed the gun at responding officers when they ‘challenged’ him, before turning the firearm on himself and shooting himself in the neck.
It’s understood five ambulances and a helicopter were on the scene, but the man was unable to be revived and died at the scene, police said.
Emergency services have responded to a report of a shooting south of Sydney. A man aged in his 80s in a critical condition. Rescue helicopter is on standby. Police have established two crime scenes. #Engadine #7News pic.twitter.com/Nsexye0Ars
— 7NEWS Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) November 22, 2018
The 56-year-old man was treated at the scene by paramedics.
Police believe the incident was domestic violence-related.
A critical incident investigation team from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command has been tasked to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The investigation will be subject to an independent review and will be monitored by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission.
All information will be provided to the Coroner who will determine the cause of death and make any findings about the events leading up to the man’s death.
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