RESIDENTS near Wagga Wagga have been warned to remain vigilant as an extremely dangerous and armed father and son, who have been labelled as two of Australia’s most wanted criminals, are on the run from police after engaging in a shoot-out after 8 years on the run.
Shortly after 2pm today, Friday 16 October 2015, police attempted to stop a silver Nissan Navara 4WD on the Henty to Cookardinia Road, Mangoplah.
When the vehicle failed to stop, a pursuit was commenced.
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A short time later, on the Kreutzbergers Road, one of the two men travelling in the car shot at the police car; one of the bullets hit the front grill of the police vehicle, forcing the highway patrol car to stop.
The pursuit was temporarily terminated before it was resumed about 2.25pm by other police vehicles. Again, the occupants of the Nissan shot at police, this time discharging a firearm at another highway patrol vehicle
The pursuit was terminated near the intersection of Pulletop Road and Cheviot Hills Road, Pulletop, and police set up a command centre at the location.
A large scale search of the location commenced and around 7.15pm, police located the Nissan in bushland off the Hume Highway, about 5km south of Tumbarumba Road.
Stirke Force Kalkadoon has been formed to manage the search and investigation, and comprises a large number of officers from local and specialist commands based in the southern region of NSW.
The Victoria Police Air Wing is also assisting.
The search is expected to run throughout the night.
Police believe the two men in the car may be Gino and Mark Stocco, a father and son from Queensland, who are wanted in a number of Australian states for a range of alleged criminal offences.
In the most current photos police have on file, Gino Stocco is depicted as having grey hair, a grey beard and brown eyes. He is 58 years of age.
The most recent photo police have of Mark Stocco, depicts him as having dark brown, medium-length hair, a dark brown beard and brown eyes. He is 35 years of age.
Police are warning the public to contact Triple Zero (‘000’) immediately if they see either of the two men. Under no circumstances should members of the public approach the men, who are considered armed and dangerous.