Elderly man shot after catching intruder in garage

AN ELDERLY man has been rushed to hospital after being shot in a suspected home invasion at Tweed Heads.

The 76-year-old man was shot in the leg after catching an intruder rummaging through the garage of his Piggabeen Road home at Tweed Heads West about 4.45am on Saturday.

Police said the man opened the garage door and was shot in the leg by an unknown person, who then left the scene.


Paramedics treated the man at the scene before transporting him to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

He remains there this afternoon, in a serious but stable condition.

A 73-year-old woman, believed to be the man’s wife, was home at the time but was not injured, police said.

Detectives from the Tweed/Byron Police District have set up a dedicated Strike Force, code-named Dural, to investigate the incident.

Anyone who may have any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Investigators are particularly wanting to speak with anyone who may have dashcam or mobile footage.

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.