Second man charged over Merrylands West public place shooting

Thursday, 16 February 2023 04:25:56 AM

Raptor Squad officers have charged a second man in relation to a public place shooting in Sydney’s west earlier last year.

About 1.40am on Wednesday 26 October 2022, officers from Cumberland Police Area Command were called to a home on Bristol Street, Merrylands West, following reports of shots fired.

On arrival, police located a number of bullet holes in the front of the home.

Two occupants were inside the home at the time; however, no one was injured.

A crime scene was established and forensically examined.

Local police conducted initial inquiries, before the matter was referred to the State Crime Command’s Raptor Squad under Strike Force Helio.

A 30-year-old man was arrested in December 2022 in relation to this incident; he remains before the courts.

Following further extensive inquiries, strike force detectives attended Lithgow Police Station about 10.15am yesterday (Wednesday 15 February 2023), where they arrested a 24-year-old man.

He was charged with 15 offences, including:

  • Fire firearm at dwelling-house with disregard for safety;
  • Possess unregistered firearm-pistol;
  • Possess unauthorised pistol;
  • Possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority;
  • Not keep firearm safely-pistol;
  • Use prohibited weapon contrary to prohibition order;
  • Acquire firearm subject to prohibition order (x2);
  • Acquire ammunition subject to prohibition order;
  • In company robbery while armed with dangerous weapon;
  • Be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner (x2);
  • Drive motor vehicle during disqualification period;
  • Not comply with direction to stop/move etc light vehicle; and
  • Drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous

He was refused bail to appear at Lithgow Local Court today (Thursday 16 February 2023).

Investigations under Strike Force Helio are ongoing.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Helio investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.