Police have arrested and charged a man after he falsely reported that he had been shot during a road rage incident earlier this week.
On Tuesday 3 November 2015, police were contacted by a 28-year-old man who claimed he had been shot in the finger following a road rage incident on Joseph Street, Regents Park.
The man claimed he was driving behind a black Audi sedan when it suddenly stopped, causing him to stop his car – a Lexus – directly behind it.
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The man then told officers he became involved in an argument with two men that had been travelling in the Audi. One of the men pointed a firearm at the 28-year-old, who responded by trying to grab hold of the gun. The 28-year-old told officers that in the ensuing melee he sustained a gunshot wound to his finger.
Detectives from Flemington Local Area Command conducted inquiries into the matter and came to the conclusion that the 28-year-old had fabricated the story after injuring his finger himself.
Officers arrested the 28-year-old Regents Park man around midday yesterday Thursday 5 November 2015, before executing a search warrant at a house on Smith Street, Regents Park.
During the warrant, police located and seized:
– Two semi-automatic pistols;
– A hunting rifle;
– A revolver frame;
– Approximately 800 rounds of ammunition;
– A bowie knife; and,
– $11,500 in cash.
The 28-year-old man was taken to Auburn Police Station and charged with:
– Knowingly make a misleading statement;
– Possess a prohibited weapon without permit;
– Possess prohibited firearm;
– Possess a loaded firearm in a public place;
– Discharge firearm in a public place; and,
– Hinder police officer in the execution of duty.
He has been refused bail to appear before Burwood Local Court today (Friday 6 November 2015).